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.
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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.
JJ Redick: “Hopefully I’m not gonna get traded… Not a great experience as a player.”
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The right offer of cap flexibility and draft picks could have Horford relocating. Horford understand this. He says Presti has been up front with him. “I think anything is possible,” says Horford. “But I’m not going to dwell on [any trade talk] too much.” And it’s worth noting the Thunder are in no hurry to deal him. Oklahoma City has one of the NBA’s lowest payrolls. And they see value in keeping Horford around. He insists he is satisfied with his situation—and thrilled to get the chance to wipe the memory of last season away.
Horford has warmed to Oklahoma City quickly. He appreciated the straightforwardness of Thunder GM Sam Presti. “He just told me he wanted me to come in here and have an impact in the culture here in the locker room,” Horford says. “Just everything that I’m about, to bring it over here.” And he marveled at the lengths the organization will go to for players. “I’ve been in different places, but this is just a very special place,” Horford says. “And I had no idea. From afar, I’ve always seen Oklahoma City and the Thunder as a good organization, but I didn’t realize how special it is here.”
Horford’s addition—at the premium price of a four-year, $109 million deal—was supposed to push Philadelphia into the Finals. Instead, the Sixers were broomed out of the first round of the playoffs. “I just think, just putting it all out there, I just think it just wasn’t a good fit,” Horford said in a telephone interview. “We just weren’t jelling. We weren’t meshing. And obviously, we had a lot of big guys out there in particular out playing and it just wasn’t fitting.”
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