The Dallas Mavericks traded for J.J. Redick and Nicolo Melli just before the March 25 trade deadline. It cost them their 2021 second-round pick, James Johnson, and Wesley Iwundu. The Mavs wanted to add a shooter and veteran presence to upgrade their roster.
Melli joined the team in New Orleans on March 27. He played in the last two games and has made an impact in back-to-back wins. Redick is rehabbing a heel injury, so he stayed in New York with his family.
The 36-year-old joined the Mavericks in the Big Apple ahead of their game against the Knicks on Friday night and is staying with them. Here is a look at what coach Rick Carlisle and the 6’3 guard had to say about his health and the Mavs.
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Redick met the team in New York on April 1. He had a session with the media on his first game. The veteran guard was complimentary of Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis, and the entire Mavericks organization. He had this to say about joining Dallas.
"“I am hoping that I can really help this team in a few ways and contribute to winning and a long playoff run.”"
The Mavs missed Seth Curry’s shooting this season, but Redick should be able to fill the void. The current Maverick is a career 41.5 percent shooter from long range. Dallas wants shooters to space the floor to create room for Luka Doncic to attack.
Coach Carlisle had this to say about Redick’s first day with the Mavericks.
"“J.J. Redick joined us today, even though he did not practice. He worked out and did some treatment rehab stuff. Don’t have a timetable for his return to playing in games, but my understanding that things are going in a very good direction. We hope he can be back 100 percent sooner rather than later.”"
Carlisle also noted that Redick will be traveling back to Dallas with the Mavs to finish his rehab. It sounds like the 36-year-old is making progress. Expect J.J. Redick to shoot the lights out in Dallas playing off Luka Doncic. It could be a massive addition.
The Dallas Mavericks face the New York Knicks on April 2. Expect fireworks as Kristaps Porzingis faces off with his former team. Do not miss it.