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JJ Redick shades Pelicans over Lonzo Ball, Kyle Lowry trade tampering fiasco

Pelicans, JJ Redick, Kyle Lowry, Lonzo Ball

The New Orleans Pelicans recently lost to the Miami Heat in the Kyle Lowry sweepstakes. To add insult to injury, they also lost Lonzo Ball in a sign-and-trade deal to the Chicago Bulls.

The Pelicans obviously planned to pair Lowry with Zion Williamson, which is why they cleared as much cap space as possible by sending Eric Bledsoe and Steven Adams to the Memphis Grizzlies.

The NBA recently opened an investigation regarding possible tampering violations on the recent deals that happened too quickly. Before free agency even opened, reports were trickling out that Ball and Lowry would be signing their respective deals. The sign-and-trades were then reported rather quickly after the start of free agency, with Ball’s deal coming out moments after it began.

On a recent episode of JJ Redick’s The Old Man and the Three, he was asked why the NBA opened these investigations. The 37-year-old’s answer seemed to throw shade at the Pelicans:

It’s a little bit for show probably, I guess. I don’t know. I guess you would probably have to ask the guy who’s asking for the investigation. Some teams cleared cap space to get Kyle and it didn’t happen and Lonzo leaving so you have to ask that guy, that guy complaining.

Redick thinks the Pelicans are the ones who notified the NBA about the possible violations since they lost both Lonzo and Lowry. He also obviously has sour feelings toward Pelicans executive David Griffin because JJ’s wish of getting traded to an East Coast team was not fulfilled by Griff this past season.

The Pelicans instead sent Redick to the Dallas Mavericks, where he played just 13 games and missed the playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers due to an injury. Redick is currently still looking for a new team in free agency, though he’s in no rush.