By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the New Orleans Pelicans are engaged in trade talks involving some notable names. Among those coming up in trade rumors is veteran sharpshooting guard J.J. Redick.
Per Charania’s report, the Pelicans have “shown an openness to discussing trades around” both Redick and point guard Lonzo Ball. But Redick seems to fit more of the profile of what Danny Ainge, Brad Stevens, and the Celtics would want in a two-guard off the bench.
It’s worth noting that Redick is now 36 years old and his shooting has dropped off dramatically in the early-going of the 2020-21 season. He’s shooting 30 percent from three-point range after shooting 45.3 percent last year and averaging 41.4 percent in his career. Maybe another change of scenery would help Redick turn things around, but it’s possible we’re seeing his skills diminish.
But add Redick to a contending team in a reserve role, and perhaps he is reinvigorated. He’d be a real boost to the Celtics bench, whose biggest scoring contributions have come from rookie Payton Pritchard (7.7 points per game). Even in a down year, Redick is averaging 8.1 points in 20.5 minutes per game.
Ainge has been linked to Redick for a looong time. So it would be kind of shocking if he didn’t at least give Pelicans GM Trajan Langdon a call.
Listen below for Ainge’s latest interview with Toucher and Rich.
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