The Dallas Mavericks acquired 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 trade deadline. They capitalized on the opportunity to add shooting and another rotation piece for the stretch run.
The Mavs still have work to do in the regular season. They sit seventh in the Western Conference before games begin on March 26, but only six teams are guaranteed playoff positions this season. Teams seven through ten are part of the play-in tournament with two teams advancing to the postseason. The Mavericks want to avoid that by moving up. They are currently two games behind the sixth-place Blazers.
Dallas swung a trade before the deadline after GM Donnie Nelson cautioning fans about not making a move. The Mavs like their team when healthy, but missed Seth Curry’s shooting after he was dealt to Philadelphia in the offseason. They added it back with the addition of Redick.
How does J.J. Redick shake up the Dallas Mavericks rotation?
The Mavs sent out two players who were not part of their every-night rotation for Redick and Melli. Their 2021 second-round pick, which is likely to fall in the 40s, was a small price to pay to add one of the best shooters in the league. Coach Rick Carlisle will have to find minutes for the two new acquisitions if they are going to part of the rotation, though.
How does the J.J. Redick shake up the Dallas Mavericks lineup and rotations? Let us take a closer look.
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