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One of the smaller, but more surprising, trades that occurred before Jan. Held March, the deal with skilled sniper JJ Redick from the New Orleans Pelicans to the Dallas Mavericks was any other season this would have been a solid deal for Dallas, and nothing more than that

But there’s an added layer of confusion to this trade as it was widely reported in January that Redick wanted to play on a team closer to his family in Brooklyn, which would include one of the Northeastern teams: Nets, Knicks, Celtics and Sixers Well, Redick wasn’t granted any of his preferred destinations, and when the deal was executed the 16-year-old veteran wasn’t exactly thrilled

Redick spoke about trading on his podcast The Old Man and the Three on Wednesday:

“I was shocked, I was down to earth, I wasn’t expecting any trade at the time. This is no small thing with the Dallas Mavericks, but at no point in time that we discussed, the Mavericks were any of the So teams I was a little shaken and called Mark [Cubans] and what I told Mark was any other year I’d be thrilled to be traded to the Dallas Mavericks It’s one of the leading organizations I think Rick [Carlisle] is one of the best coaches and as we just discussed, the opportunity to play with Luka [Doncic] and Kristaps [Porzingis] and all their boys – they have a great team. It was just a little annoying “

Aside from the initial shock of being traded and a team that wasn’t on their list of preferred targets, Redick also announced that he had requested a trade before the season began in November after the league announced their decision had given to push a season on Christmas Day that included strict health and safety protocols and didn’t allow players to travel much outside of the city they were playing in, Redick realized he wanted to be close to his family during the COVID-19 pandemic

Redick said he had several conversations with the Pelicans Front Office, particularly New Orleans Vice President David Griffin, and was assured that he would be placed in the position he requested in due course. p>

“So I’m talking to Griff, I’m talking to Trajan Griff is basically saying to me,” Come down for a month, if you still want to be traded, I’ll give you my word, I’ll put you in a situation you like ‘We had four conversations afterwards. My agent speaks to him again, but I speak to Griff directly. This is how I wanted to deal with it Griff and I had a personal relationship, and obviously he didn’t keep his word. That’s by no means mine for Dallas either Understanding basically from February when I wasn’t trading on the February cutoff date 2, my understanding all along was that I was going to get a buyout and if I were to be traded it would go to a team in the northeast where I would get closer to Was home and I could see my family for the last two or three months of the season Obviously that didn’t happen; geographically, of course, Dallas is further from New York than New Orleans “

It’s not uncommon for a team to take their word for it to grant a player’s wish to be traded to a particular team or bought out of their contract to sign wherever they please, especially for New Orleans this isn’t the first time they’ve been difficult to deal with from a player’s point of view with Anthony Davis as a prime example where he wanted to be sold to the Lakers, but it took the Pelicans forever to trade with a team who did everything to get it

However, Redick was surprised when New Orleans removed him to a team further from his family because he believed he had a personal relationship with Griffin to the point where he could trust him

“I don’t think you will get honesty from this front office. Just speaking objectively. That’s not an opinion, I just don’t think you’ll get this. I also don’t think what happened to me necessarily Isolated case is But I think across the league, Front Offices, they are acting in their own best interests I get that, I understand that I honestly think – and it’s hard to admit that – but I think I was a little naive in the Thinking because in the 15th Year it was and had at least tried to get things right throughout my career, and I honored my end of the bargain – but in terms of that front office, it’s not something I would certainly expect the agents to work with worked me to trust this front office ever again “

Though Redick wishes he could have been traded for a team closer to his family, he still looks forward to playing with Doncic, Porzingis, and the rest of the players on the Mavericks roster, Redick hasn’t been since the deal more at the Mavericks as he is currently rehabilitating from an injury that left him off for three weeks, however, he is planning his first media session with the Mavericks on Thursday, where he comes to Dallas on the Friday night before the Knicks game

If Redick is able to return to full health for Dallas, his ability to shoot and ground clearance will help a Mavericks team that has sorely lacked reliable shooters, Redick started this season incredibly slowly, only shooting 295 percent off of depth through the first two months of the season since February, however, he’s been doing over 45 percent of his shots from a distance while averaging 138 points in that time span, but if he can continue that streak, he’ll help Dallas significantly for the remainder of the season

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