Dallas Mavericks Receive: G JJ Redick, CLE 2021 2nd Round Pick (via NOP), UTA 2022 2nd Round Pick (via NOP)
New Orleans Pelicans Receive: F Dorian Finney-Smith, F Maxi Kleber
If the Dallas Mavericks were to to go after a player like JJ Redick, who a lot of teams are reportedly interested in and is owed $13M this season, then they will have to be willing to part with some of their key role players to make up for the value and salary that Redick would be bringing in. As a result, the best trade the Mavs could offer in return for Redick is Dorian Finney-Smith and Maxi Kleber.
Both guys have been key rotational guys for Dallas this year and have spent a vast majority of their time in the starting unit, but they are nothing more than secondary players for the Mavs. Finney-Smith has been a solid defensive player for the Mavericks this season whereas Kleber has been more of a three-point shooting threat, shooting 46.8% from deep on the season on under 100 attempts.
The Pelicans could use depth on the wing and behind Ingram/Zion in the frontcourt, which is exactly why they would likely want Finney-Smith and/or Kelber in return for a player like Redick. With Steven Adams playing well and Willy Hernangomez turning into a reliable backup center, the Pelicans may not really want to add another big man, which is why Dwight Powell or James Johnson are not included in this deal.
If the Pelicans do however want to add another solid big man to their rotation, then the Mavericks could easily take Kleber out of this deal and send Dwight Powell instead. Either way, the Pelicans would still improve their overall depth, which should be their ultimate goal before the trade deadline.
Since Redick is owed $13M this season, the Mavericks would have to give up some of their key rotational players just to compensate for his salary. It would be tough for the Mavs to bring in a guy owed this much that will not be their third leading scorer, but J.J. Redick could really improve their overall offense and help this team make a playoff push.
Trading for J.J. Redick is not the only move the Dallas Mavericks should make though, as they should still look to pursue other affordable role players to bolster their overall roster depth and perimeter shooting.
With all of this said, let’s take a closer look as to why this trade makes sense for both the Dallas Mavericks and the New Orleans Pelicans.