The Dallas Mavericks were looking to upgrade their roster at the trade deadline. Just moments before the buzzer they traded James Johnson, Wesley Iwundu, and a 2021 second-round pick to the Pelicans for J.J. Redick and Nicolo Melli. The Mavs had their eye on adding a sharpshooter to help space the floor for Luka Doncic in the playoffs.
Redick was dealing with a heel injury when Dallas made the trade. He missed 18 straight games and over a month of action after having a non-surgical procedure. Bubs was still working his way back. The Mavericks have watched his minutes closely while trying to get him ready for the postseason.
Things took an unfortunate turn on Tuesday night. Redick limped off the court after reinjuring the heel in the second quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Mavericks quickly ruled him out for the remainder of the game. Here is a look at why that likely means bad news.
J.J. Redick injures heel: Quickly ruled for rest of Dallas Mavericks vs. Grizzlies
Redick limped off the court and the Mavs ruled him out minutes later. That has fans fearing the worst. The 36-year-old could be looking at an extended spell on the sidelines. Stay tuned for updates as they become available.
J.J. Redick should be considered doubtful at best for Wednesday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans. The Mavs only have three games remaining in the regular season. They are still fighting to avoid the play-in tournament. They currently sit fifth and have a magic number of two to avoid it. Fans can get all the specifics on how the play-in tournament works in 2021 here.
The Dallas Mavericks were just getting healthy too. Maxi Kleber returned versus the Grizzlies on May 11. Kristaps Porzingis is expected to play for the first time since April 29 on Wednesday night. They will now have to deal with Redick’s injury. Stay tuned for all the latest.