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JJ Redick will be available for the Pelicans vs. Clippers


New Orleans Pelicans guard JJ Redick will be available for the Pelicans’ game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday, per the team.

Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said earlier on Saturday that he thought Redick would play, according to Andrew Lopez of ESPN.com.

Redick has missed each of the last three games due to a hamstring strain.

In the 37 games Redick has played this season, he has averaged 15.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and two assists over 28.5 minutes per game while shooting 45.2 percent from the floor, 46.4 percent from three-point range and 90.1 percent from the free-throw line.

New Orleans signed Redick to a two-year, $26.5 million deal this past summer with the hope that he would serve as a stable veteran presence and provide a sharpshooting outlet for rookie phenom Zion Williamson.

Of course, knee injuries have prevented Williamson from stepping on the court thus far during the regular season, although he is expected to make his return on Jan. 22.

Redick, who played his collegiate basketball at Duke, was originally selected by the Orlando Magic with the 11th overall pick of the 2006 NBA Draft.

He spent the first six-and-a-half years of his career with the Magic, developing into one of the game’s best perimeter threats. He was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks midway through the 2012-13 campaign but spent just a half of a season there before signing with the Los Angeles Clippers that ensuing offseason.

Redick resided in Hollywood for four seasons before joining the Philadelphia 76ers for two years.

The 35-year-old owns career averages of 13 points, 2.1 rebounds and two assists per game while making 41.6 percent of his long-distance tries.