The New Orleans Pelicans are not having nearly as successful of a season as they had originally hoped. As a result, they will look to trade some of their veteran players ahead of the NBA trade deadline — especially JJ Redick as he is 36 and is playing on an expiring contract.
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Pelicans are ‘focusing’ on three teams as potential trade destinations for JJ Redick — including the Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, and Philadelphia 76ers.
“In the 76ers, Nets and Celtics, the Pelicans are targeting a championship contender for a trade home. All three teams have expressed interest, sources said. Redick is on a $13.1 million contract that expires at the end of the season.”
JJ Redick has his family living in Brooklyn and would prefer to be sent to a team in the northeast — making potential suitors across the United State appear unlikely to be much of a factor.
It seems as though it would be challenging for the Nets to construct an appealing trade package for Redick without including Spencer Dinwiddie’s $11.5M salary. He is out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL and has a player option worth $12.3M for 2021-22.
The 76ers face a difficult set of circumstances when it comes to constructing a trade package of their own. Danny Green is the only similar-sized salary at $15.4M to Redick but sacrificing his defensive impact may not be the best of moves. Philadelphia would have to package plenty of smaller contracts together, but would the Pelicans even want that?
The most seamless trade suitor for Redick appears to be the Celtics. Boston has a $28.5M trade exception from the Gordon Hayward sign-and-trade deal with the Charlotte Hornets in the offseason. The fact that there wouldn’t be long-term salary cap implications makes it all the more appealing.