The Dallas Mavericks traded for J.J. Redick and Nicolo Melli from the New Orleans Pelicans for 2021 second-round pick, James Johnson, and Wesley Iwundu just before Thursday’s deadline, according to Shams Charania. They added shooting and experience at a minimal cost. It was the only move the Mavericks could pull off, though.
GM Donnie Nelson and the Mavs did an outstanding job plugging a hole by acquiring Redick. Most expected the 36-year-old to be bought out and sign with a contender. Dallas jumped the line by giving up a second-round pick and two players that are not part of their every-night rotation. It was a wise move for a team looking to make a deep playoff run.
Most fans are disappointed the Mavericks did not make a bigger splash, but they did not have the assets to acquire a third star. Dallas still owes two first-round picks including their 2021 unprotected to the Knicks from the Kristaps Porzingis deal. The Mavs do not have a young talent beaming with upside either. No team is going to give away a star player, so Dallas had to try to plug holes ahead of the stretch run.
Dallas Mavericks acquired J.J. Redick from New Orleans Pelicans
The deal was far from the headliner of Thursday’s trade deadline, but both teams accomplished goals. It was the perfect win-win trade. The Pelicans got something for Redick as Dallas improved their roster for an important stretch run.
Here is a look at the move from both team’s perspectives before handing out grades for each side.
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