Kevin O’Connor: I’ve heard two other teams that could be connected to JJ (Redick) and a potential trade and that’s Denver, and Dallas.
Redick and Bledsoe, however, still appear very much available, league sources said.
And while he was brought in by Griffin to serve as a playoff-tested cultural leader, Alvin Gentry's coaching staff even lobbied the front office to move on from him last season, sources said. There's now a widespread sense New Orleans is hoping to move Redick to a franchise closer to his family in Brooklyn. "I think they're just trying to do right by him," said a league source close to the situation.
At 31, Bledsoe's own defensive deficiencies make him a suboptimal starting option in the backcourt, and the point guard does not match a Pelicans timeline that features the younger Williamson and Ingram. Moving Bledsoe would also afford more playing time for Nickeil Walker-Alexander and Kira Lewis Jr., two young ball-handlers the front office is said to be particularly bullish on but who have been trapped behind the veteran in Stan Van Gundy's rotation. "That's the challenge when you bring in an old-school coach," said a rival scout.
A straight up Pelicans-Knicks trade could actually be two trades, as the Knicks have $15 million in cap space and could absorb Redick’s entire $13 million expiring contract. But a league source said the Pelicans are determined to package Redick with other players.
In conversations with executives, a few names repeatedly popped up as logical trade candidates over the next several weeks. The New Orleans Pelicans have already engaged teams on veteran guards Lonzo Ball and JJ Redick.
Brian Windhorst: There have also been rumors about Kelly Oubre-Lonzo Ball trade. I mean that's no secret, that's sort of been out there. (...) The Pelicans have struggled, especially defensively. (...) They've shopped their guards. They've shopped Eric Bledsoe, Ball and JJ Redick.
Hollinger: The phit in Philly could be phenomenal *if* Redick can regain the form of previous seasons (he’s 36 and, honestly, it’s been pretty rough so far). The Sixers could use another shooter in the mix behind Curry, Shake Milton and Green, plus Redick has both played for Rivers and played with Embiid and Simmons. The Sixers also have a 2021 Knicks second-round pick and a decently tempting 2023 second (best of Atlanta, Charlotte or Brooklyn) to put into a deal. A trade would almost certainly cost the Sixers Mike Scott and at least one of their backup center contingent (Tony Bradley or Vincent Poirier), so they’d lose some size in the transaction, plus it would have some luxury-tax implications that Philly’s ownership would have to weigh in on, but they’re not cutting into bone here.
Hollinger: I don’t really see what the Nets are offering to bring New Orleans to the table. It has to involve Dinwiddie’s expiring contract, but that has near-zero value for the Pelicans — he’s out for the season and leaving in free agency once it ends. The Nets gave up all their good draft assets in the James Harden trade, so what are they baiting the hooks with? Landry Shamet, who is basically Redick but a decade younger? Nic Claxton? It’s just hard for me to see how Brooklyn gets this to the finish line.
JJ Redick wants to come back to the Northeast. The New Orleans Pelicans guard’s family lives in Brooklyn and, at 36, he is yearning to be closer to it. Redick wants to return to the 76ers or play for the Nets, New York Knicks, or the Boston Celtics, according to a league source. The Athletic is reporting that the Sixers, Nets, and Celtics have expressed interest in acquiring the sharpshooter.
As Feb. 2 looms as the NBA’s deadline for teams to aggregate acquired players in a trade later, the New Orleans Pelicans have focused on the Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics as potential trade destinations for JJ Redick, sources tell The Athletic's Shams Charania.
Redick, whose family resides in Brooklyn, is believed to have a strong preference to return to the northeast area. No deal is imminent yet, sources said.
Redick, 34, is averaging 7.9 points this season. He has been a "Did Not Play-Coach’s Decision" in the Pelicans’ past two games. New Orleans has two young, promising guards in Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Kira Lewis who are on the precipice of rotation spots in the crowded backcourt.
Feb. 6: most players who signed free-agent contracts in the offseason can begin to be traded. A team that is expected to be prominent in the trade market picture, rival teams expect: The New Orleans Pelicans. The franchise is off to an uneven 5-10 start to the season. New Orleans has been receiving calls about the availability of Lonzo Ball and JJ Redick and has shown an openness to discussing trades around both with interested teams, sources tell The Athletic. A move would create a clearer pathway for young guards Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Kira Lewis in the Pelicans’ rotation.
The Van Gundy hire could be a signal that moving on from veterans such as Holiday or JJ Redick isn’t in the plans. Based on Redick’s previous comments about his former coach in Orlando, I wouldn’t expect him to find a new home anytime soon.
Teams who have called about JJ Redick have been shooed away, sources say. Reminder: Everything is fluid.
Tommy Beer: On @SportsCenter, Woj says the Pelicans have “really pulled back in trade talks among all their players.” Woj adds that the Pels want to make a serious playoff push and see how Jrue Holiday and JJ Redick play alongside Zion before considering making any sort of move... pic.twitter.com/WJlQ6d3m0u
There’s already a lot of noise about whether he would like to remove himself from New Orleans if things go south, but that’s the last thing on his mind. “I am totally 100 percent happy with the decision I made last summer and I wouldn’t change anything, even if I had the chance to go back,” Redick said. “I want to see this thing through.”
For now, Griffin has given the same message across the league: He wants to continue to compete — and Holiday and veterans JJ Redick and Derrick Favors are part of his plan.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, teams are monitoring whether or not the Pelicans will make Jrue Holiday and JJ Redick available in the midst of their 6-21 start to the season: “Jrue Holiday has loved being in New Orleans. He’s embraced that town, but he’s at a point in his career, too, where he’s not going to be interested in a rebuild. It’s becoming that, so I think you’re going to see a lot of the league here wanting to see Jrue Holiday, JJ Redick — who signed a two-year deal. There’s not a contender in the league who wouldn’t love to get JJ Redick on their roster. So I think [teams will] watch how this plays out in New Orleans between now and the first of the year, ’cause most of the teams are watching to see if they can get at some of those guys.”
Another player who could hit the trade market is JJ Redick, and he has both the playoff experience and the outside shooting talent to help a contender. And if the Pelicans, seemingly headed for a high pick in the lottery, do decide to gain a young asset as they wade through this lost season, the Nuggets should at least consider the possibility of adding his talents to an offense that has struggled to produce from 3-point range this season.
Will Guillory: JJ Redick when asked about possibility of being traded: "I don't pay attention to that stuff. I'm all-in on the Pelicans. I'm all-in on this group. I think we can turn this around. That's 100 percent my focus."
If not Lowry, then New Orleans Pelicans guard JJ Redick could be a target of the Heat. Despite going separate ways this summer, Redick and Butler grew close in Philadelphia as like-minded competitors and, per a source, to this day they maintain regular communication through a group chat forged in Philadelphia.
Steve Kyler: Unclear. Everyone speculating on what a deal would be built around if core Clippers not involved. Was told Doc not keen on moving Redick twitter.com/JasonFletcher2…
Sources say that the Knicks, for their part, are reluctant to absorb the three years and $42 million left on Crawford's contract after this season, which has led to the hunt for a third team that might be interested in Crawford. The Clippers, meanwhile, are hesistant to surrender the sharpshooting Redick even if they were at full strength in the backcourt, sources said.
With the Knicks known to think very favorably of 24-year-old Clippers guard Austin Rivers (career-high 11.9 points per game this season), and with various combinations of trade scenarios known to include other players like veteran shooting guard J.J. Redick (who will be a free agent this summer) and super sixth man Jamal Crawford(who signed a three-year, $42 million deal last summer), it seems clear that the Knicks’ interest level in parting ways with Anthony is growing by the day.
A Clippers deal for Anthony would likely include one or even two players from the group of Jamal Crawford, JJ Redick or Austin Rivers, who is the son of Clippers head coach Doc Rivers.
While all options will be discussed, the Clippers are expected to a highlight a scenario in which Durant would sign a deal to play alongside Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin. To make the most competitive offer possible, the Clippers would have to trade J.J. Redick, Paul Pierce and C.J. Wilcox and renounce the rights to first-round pick Brice Johnson and all of their own free agents. The Clippers could also discuss scenarios in which they trade one member of their “Big Three,” either to a team with cap space or to the Thunder in a sign-and-trade.
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The pool of teams that will have the salary-cap space to make a run at Markkanen is limited, but multiple executives and scouts anticipate the San Antonio Spurs will make a strong offer this summer. Without LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio has a need for a stretch big with Markkanen’s size and skill set.
Warriors star Stephen Curry will be entering a contract year in 2021/22 if he doesn’t reach an extension agreement in the offseason with the team. However, he doesn’t sound like someone eager to test free agency. Asked by ESPN’s Rachel Nichols (video link) how much of a priority it is to spend his entire career in Golden State, Curry affirmed that’s his plan. “It’s always been a priority,” Curry said. “When you look at guys like Dirk (Nowitzki), Kobe (Bryant), that I played against and have heard them talk about what that’s meant, they don’t speak on it lightly. There’s a reverence for that club.
“You never know what can happen, obviously, but I feel like that’s always been something that would mean so much to me. You want to stay competitive, you want to stay in that fight where you’re winning championships. If I can accomplish both, that’s the ultimate goal.”
Convincing Zach LaVine the Bulls are building a playoff contender is important when you consider the 26-year-old’s “big focus” coming into the season was to get Chicago into the playoffs. That’s why rival executives anticipate the Bulls will try to lock up LaVine with a contract extension (he will make $19.5 million this season and next) but know he’ll likely let his deal lapse, become an unrestricted free agent and sign what will be a more lucrative multiyear max pact.
“That’s why them getting Vooch was a really big deal,” an Eastern Conference executive said. “Players want to get paid, just like we all do. But they also want to win, and guys like Zach have been around the block long enough to know they can’t win in this league by themselves. LeBron’s the best to do it, and he couldn’t win it all by himself. Even he needed help.” The exec added, “Them getting Vooch sent a clear message to Zach that yes, Chicago is serious about trying to put together a winner here and now.”
The patience has paid off to a relative degree, as now the Wizards are in position to possibly make the playoffs. Beal feels like he has been somewhat vindicated by the experience. “It speaks volumes. It’s always tough because when my name was buzzing, that’s all I heard early in the year is ‘trade Beal, trade Beal.’ It wasn’t anything other than that,” Beal said. “So, me knowing who I am and just sticking through it, that’s a testament to what we did as a team this year.”
Ian Begley: On The Putback this week: Dennis Schroder among PGs on NYK radar for 2021 free agency; he reportedly turned down a 4-yr, $80M-plus extension from LAL.
Brunson, who scored 15 points with seven assists and five rebounds in a win over the Knicks on April 2, has a non-guaranteed year left on his pact. The Mavericks, whom the Knicks visit on Friday night, could let Brunson become a restricted free agent and match any offer this summer. Or they could let him become an unrestricted free agent in 2022. The guard is the son of former Knick Rick Brunson. The Knicks have had their eye on Jalen Brunson, whose father was one of Thibodeau’s assistant coaches with the Bulls and Timberwolves.