Though the Dallas Mavericks were seemed to be interested in just about every available player this week, the Mavs were dead silent in trade rumors all day long as the NBA trade deadline approached. But, in true Donnie Nelson fashion, the Mavericks struck with just four minutes remaining before the 3PM ET deadline.
First reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Dallas Mavericks traded forward James Johnson, forward Wes Iwundu, and a future second-round pick to the New Orleans Pelicans for guard JJ Redick and forward Nicolo Melli.
Sources: Dallas sent James Johnson, Wes Iwundu and a second-round pick to New Orleans to acquire JJ Redick and Nicolo Melli.
Mavericks acquiring two shooters to bolster their depth. Pelicans receive a gritty veteran forward in Johnson, young player and draft asset. https://t.co/WaVX3BKh6T
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 25, 2021
Though for Redick, he underwent a ‘nonsurgical procedure‘ on his right heel to reduce inflammation and hasn’t played since March 4. Once healthy, this trade offers the Mavericks two proven shooters, specifically Redick, to help continue spreading the floor for Doncic.
In 31 games this season with New Orleans, Redick is averaging 8.7 points per game while shooting 36.4% from three on the season, though since the beginning of February, is shooting 46.4% from deep. Expect to see JJ run a lot of the same actions that Seth Curry ran last season.
Nicolo Melli has been essentially on the outside looking in of the Pelicans rotation this season, only playing 11 minutes per game in 22 games.
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