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Report: Pelicans deal JJ Redick to Mavericks, keeping Lonzo Ball

Jason Owens
·1-min read

The New Orleans Pelicans are trading shooting guard JJ Redick to the Dallas Mavericks, The Athletic's Shams Charania reports.

The trade will put the 36-year-old back on a playoff contender as the Pelicans continue to slide in the Western Conference. The Mavericks are also receiving Nicolo Melli in the deal while sending James Johnson, Wes Iwundu and a second-round pick to the Pelicans, per the report.

The Pelicans are also keeping point guard Lonzo Ball, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports. Ball was reportedly a trade candidate ahead of Thursday's NBA trade deadline.

JJ Redick #4 of the New Orleans Pelicans reacts during the third quarter of an NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Smoothie King Center.
Veteran guard JJ Redick is in the final year of his contract. (Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Mavericks add shooter for playoff push

Redick was a part-time starter and key rotation player for New Orleans last season but was averaging less than 20 minutes a game this season while scoring 8.7 points on 40.7% shooting from the field. He's been out since March 3 with a heel injury.

When he returns, he'll provide scoring punch for a Mavericks teams surging in the Western Conference standings and hoping to improve on last year's postseason that saw a first-round exit.

Redick is in the final year of a two-year, $26.5 million contract.

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