It’s a make or miss league, and at the trade deadline on Thursday, the Dallas Mavericks clearly understood that.
At the trade deadline buzzer Thursday afternoon, Dallas pulled off a deadline deal with the New Orleans Pelicans to bring in veteran shooters J.J. Redick and Nicolo Melli. The Mavericks sent fringe rotation players James Johnson and Wes Iwundu, along with a second-round pick, to the Pelicans in the final exchange.
Sources: Dallas sent James Johnson, Wes Iwundu and a second-round pick to New Orleans to acquire JJ Redick and Nicolo Melli.
Mavericks acquiring two shooters to bolster their depth. Pelicans receive a gritty veteran forward in Johnson, young player and draft asset. https://t.co/WaVX3BKh6T
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 25, 2021
What does the deal mean for Dallas:
The deal gives Dallas a necessary three-point shooter in Redick, but it also preserves the team’s cap space heading into the offseason ahead. With both Redick and Melli set to be free agents at the end of the season, their contracts turn into $16.91 million off of the books for Dallas. In the end, it amounts to a low-risk, high reward, one-year rental. And if Dallas likes what it sees, there is a good bet that the organization can resign both of them.
So where does Redick fit in?
Dallas didn’t acquire Redick to have him on the bench. It’s safe to assume that he will play a major role in the Mavericks rotation. Where questions start emerging is whether he will be a starter, or come off the bench, or even push a guy like Tim Hardaway Jr. into the starting lineup.
However, regardless of where he plays, his 36.3 percent from three (15th in the NBA) is going to help Dallas all over the court. And though he may be on the older side (100 days shy of 37), he offers Dallas dexterity it did not have prior to the deal.
Arguably, Redick’s biggest value for Dallas comes in his off-ball movement. His natural gravity on the floor always attracts attention from defenders so it’s easy to see how this addition makes life easier for Luka Doncic.
In the same vein, it has been a few seasons since Redick last played with a playmaker as gifted as Doncic. So, for Redick, his job is going to get a bit easier as well.
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