Robert Horry, Richard Jefferson rip JJ Redick over critical remarks on New Orleans front office, Pelicans
Former NBA veterans Robert Horry and Richard Jefferson formed a tag team to slam JJ Redick over his critical remarks on the New Orleans Pelicans‘ front office. The Pelicans are currently 21-25, which has them sitting in 12th place in the Western Confernce.
Jefferson poked fun at Redick while referencing the fact that several notable players inked a deal with the Brooklyn Nets — the team heavily favored to represent the East in the NBA Finals and perhaps even win it all. Horry, for his part, reminded Redick that the NBA is a business, and nothing is really personal.
"Really? You thought they were going to send you to the Nets like everyone else? No one cares" – @Rjeff24
— The Jump on ESPN (@NBATheJump) March 31, 2021
After being sent to the Mavericks, Redick shared his real thoughts on the trade, particularly how the Pelicans front office handled it. In his “The Old Man & the Three” podcast, the 15-year veteran shared that he had the word executive vice president of Pelicans’ basketball operations David Griffin that if ever a trade needs to be done, then they’ll send Reddick closer to his family who is in Brooklyn.
“I don’t think you’re going to get honesty from that front office, just objectively speaking,” Redick said, as transcribed by Andrew Lopez of ESPN. “That’s not an opinion — I just don’t think you’re going to get that. I don’t think what happened with me is necessarily an isolated incident either. But I do think across the league, front offices, they act in their best interest. I get that. I understand that.
Griffin, for his part, said that they tried their best to honor their word and trade Redick closer to home. However, teams close to home didn’t chase for Redick. For Griffin and the Pelicans, the best that they could do is send Redick away to a team who can contend soon.