The Dallas Mavericks acquired J.J. Redick and Nicolo Melli just minutes before the trade deadline. They viewed the veteran sharpshooter as a key piece to their playoff run. It cost the Mavs a second-round pick, James Johnson, and Wesley Iwundu. Things did not go as planned, though.
Redick was injured when Dallas acquired him. The 35-year-old finally got back on the court, but it only lasted 13 games before the heel injury cropped back up. It caused him to miss the final three regular-season games and the Mavericks’ entire first-round playoff series.
J.J. Redick released a new episode of his podcast, The Old Man and the Three, on June 9 where he talked about his time in Dallas and his injury. Get the latest here.
J.J. Redick thanks Dallas Mavericks fans and discusses his future
Redick had this to say about his brief stint with the Mavericks at the start of the episode.
"“I want to give a shout out to the Dallas Mavericks fan base. It is as good as any fan base I’ve played for, just tremendous support for that team. The American Airlines Center was lit for all of those home games, just tremendous energy, and everything. I really enjoyed by my two months in Dallas. There is obviously a potential that I end up there in the future. I am a free agent, but my focus right now is just going to be on my health going forward. I am disappointed that I wasn’t able to contribute more in Dallas and in this playoff run.”"
The Mavs want to put shooters around Luka Doncic. There could be mutual interest in a reunion if Redick can get healthy. He also shared a thank you to Dallas and their fans on Instagram on June 8.
The veteran sharpshooter shared more on his injury and what could be ahead for him.
"“I have what is called Haglund’s, which is an overgrown heel bone because of that I am having some bursitis in my bursa sac next to my heel bone. Because of all and just from playing basketball so long, I’ve got some tears in my Achilles tendon at the incursion where it attaches to the heel bone. So, surgery may be in my future to clean all that up. The surgery is not fun, and the rehab is not fun. Right now, I want to decompress and be with my family and enjoy my kids for a little bit. Then, we will sort of make a decision on the game plan going forward.”"
Bubs also discussed his time with the Mavericks and his love for the entire organization. Fans should listen to the entire episode to get plenty more on Redick’s thoughts, plus hear from projected number one overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft Cade Cunningham.
J.J. Redick is one of six Dallas Mavericks that hit free agency this offseason. The front office will be looking to upgrade the roster as they attempt to jump into title contention. Stay tuned for what should be a wild and exciting offseason for the Mavs.