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Dec 29, 2020; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard JJ Redick (4) against the Phoenix Suns at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

The NBA’s trade deadline (March 25 this year) is just under two months away. Still, some of the Eastern Conference’s top contenders are looking to get ahead of the game when it comes to in-season roster improvement.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Celtics, Nets, and 76ers have become “focused” trade destinations for Pelicans’ guard JJ Redick. Chariana reports all three teams have expressed interest, but “no deal is imminent” just yet.

Redick, 34, is currently on a $13.1 million contract that expires at the end of the year. Given the Pelicans’ 7-11 record – the second-worst in the Western Conference – a trade makes sense for both sides. Charania writes that Redick “is believed to have a strong preference to return to the northeast area [where he has family],” which is how the three Eastern Conference rivals entered the picture.

Through 16 games this season, Redick is playing 20 minutes per game off the bench and adding eight points. His field goal and three point percentages have seen a sharp drop off from his career numbers. The Duke product has sat out the Pelicans’ last two games with a ‘DNP-Coach’s Decision’ designation.

With their record-setting $28.5 million trade exception, the Celtics have what it takes to be competitive in negotiations regarding Redick. Whether or not they want to add another wing or a big man will likely impact just how aggressive they are, but Redick is a realistic option if Danny Ainge is looking to add another shooter off the bench.

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Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at Alexander.Barth@bbgi.com.