Brooklyn Nets: Here’s why a JJ Redick trade isn’t happening

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - FEBRUARY 03: JJ Redick #4 of the New Orleans Pelicans (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - FEBRUARY 03: JJ Redick #4 of the New Orleans Pelicans (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /

JJ Redick, who has been a constant fixture in the playoffs, hasn’t been able to replicate his past success with the New Orleans Pelicans this season. Struggling as a third wheel alongside Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram, the potential Brooklyn Nets trade target is averaging just 7.9 points per game while shooting 36% from the field and 34% from deep.

He’s making $13 million this season and could be on the move before the trade deadline. Pelicans executive David Griffin may end up trading him in order to get some picks in return and help Redick finish out his career with a contender. If he does get traded, the sharpshooter has two landing spots atop his list.

The New York Post is reporting that Redick would prefer to finish the season with either the Nets or New York Knicks, as his family currently lives in Brooklyn. With Sean Marks considering anyone and everyone as he looks to surround his star trio with some depth, could Redick come to the Barclays Center?

Unfortunately, Redick isn’t the same player he was with the Clippers or 76ers, and the Nets should stay far away from the former Duke star in trade talks.

JJ Redick is too expensive for the Nets in any trade scenario.

Besides their three superstars in Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden, the Brooklyn roster consists of three players making over $10 million in Joe Harris, DeAndre Jordan, and Spencer Dinwiddie. While Dinwiddie could potentially be moved to New Orleans, since now other player makes over $2 million, the Pelicans trading Redick for an impending free agent with a torn ACL wouldn’t be a wise move.

If the Nets were to trade for Redick, they would give up one of their key role players for a shooter that, well, isn’t shooting very well. Redick has never been a great defender, and his skill set would be redundant on a Nets team that is being constantly let down by some poor performances on the defensive end.

Even if the Nets had draft picks, which they absolutely do not, Redick is in the middle of a poor season, and giving away an established player in order to secure his services is a bit risky from Marks’ perspective.

If New Orleans buys him out, he could end up with the Nets. That’s the only way this will happen.