RUMOR: Pelicans’ JJ Redick adds Knicks to list of potential trade destinations
JJ Redick’s saga with the New Orleans Pelicans continues, and according to reports, the New York Knicks have emerged as another preferred destination for the sharp-shooting veteran. Redick already appears to have one foot outside the door at this point, with a move away from New Orleans already on the horizon.
Speaking on his podcast, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst shed some light on Redick’s current situation and why the Knicks have emerged as frontrunners to land the 36-year-old:
“He has not played well and not happy and wants to be traded,” Windhorst said, via Dan Feldman of NBC Sports. “Would really like to be traded to the Northeast, where his offseason home is in Brooklyn. He’d love to go to Brooklyn, the Knicks, Boston or Philly. That has been communicated out there. It’s been known for a week or two.”
Redick, who signed a two-year extension with the Pelicans back in 2019, is currently on the final season of his contract. He is set to be an unrestricted free agency in the offseason, but as it appears, Redick is unwilling to wait that long before he parts ways with New Orleans.
The 6-foot-3 shooting guard has fallen off a cliff this season, and it has a lot to do with his limited playing time. From logging 26.4 minutes per contest last season as a key player for the Pelicans’ rotation, Redick is now averaging just 19.9 minutes off the bench for new head coach Stan Van Gundy.
It is obvious that Redick no longer figures significantly in Van Gundy’s plans for the future, so at this point, it’s safe to assume that his days in New Orleans are numbered.