The Dallas Mavericks pulled off a trade just before Thursday’s 2 p.m. CT deadline as they acquired J.J. Redick and Nicolo Melli from the New Orleans Pelicans for James Johnson, Wesley Iwundu, and a 2021 second-round pick, according to Shams Charania. Owner Mark Cuban and GM Donnie Nelson cautioned fans about the Mavs not making a move, but in the end, they capitalized on the opportunity to upgrade their roster for the stretch run.
The Mavs traded two players that were not part of their nightly rotation for Redick and Melli. The veteran guard has not played since March 3 because of a heel injury. No word yet on how long he will be out, but he is one of the best shooters in the league. Melli figures to be an end of the bench piece for the Mavs after Brad Townsend reported the team plans on keeping him on the roster for the remainder of the season.
The trade was a bit of a surprise. The Mavericks did not have the assets to acquire a third star. They always going to be looking to plug holes for the stretch run. Dallas accomplished that goal as long as Redick can get and stay healthy.
Dallas Mavericks acquire J.J. Redick from the New Orleans Pelicans
Redick will be in the Mavericks rotation, but he likely comes off the bench and play 15-25 minutes per game. The 36-year-old will knock down shots and space the floor, but he could bring a ton more to Dallas.
Here is a look at why the Dallas Mavericks traded for J.J. Redick just before the deadline.
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