JJ Redick doesn't have an ideal number of games in mind to get
ready for the playoffs with the Dallas Mavericks, who were thinking
postseason when they acquired the shooting guard with an expiring
“The ideal number is the most amount of games possible,” said
Redick, who is recovering from a right heel injury that required an
injection and last played March 3. “I’m a rhythm player and so I
want to be in a good rhythm going into the playoffs.”
The Mavericks made a deal just before the trading deadline
March 25, getting Redick and Nicolo Melli from New Orleans for
James Johnson, Wes Iwundu, a 2021 second-round draft pick and
Redick met his new teammates at practice in New York on
Thursday, a day before the Mavericks play the Knicks on their
season-long five-game road trip. Redick has joined the team
presumably for good this season, but hasn't started practicing.
There's no timetable for his Dallas debut.
“My understanding is that things are going in a very good
direction,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “We obviously hope he can be
back 100% sooner than later.”
The Mavericks, who are 17-8 since a six-game losing streak that
dropped them a season-high five games under. 500, are seventh in
the Western Conference with 25 games remaining. Dallas is 3½ games
out of a spot in the top six, which the club needs to avoid the
play-in round of the playoffs.
Redick made the playoffs each of his first 13 seasons in the
league before the Pelicans failed to qualify during the NBA's
coronavirus restart in Florida last year. The 36-year-old has
played in 110 postseason games.
“He’s a guy situationally whose shooting is a difference-maker,”
Carlisle said. “We feel like he can help us on the floor. We feel
he can help us with our day-to-day culture. He’s a meticulous
worker and a tireless preparation guy.”
Redick is shooting 36% from 3-point range, which would be a
career low if he didn't play again in the regular season. But the
most immediate question is how much better his opportunities will
be playing with young Dallas sensation Luka Doncic, whose vast
offensive skills are matched by his passing ability.
“Luka is as good as anybody in the league and creating his own
shot and creating for other people,” said Redick, who averaged 8.7
points in 31 games with the Pelicans, about four points off his
The day before his first virtual meeting with Dallas reporters
since the trade, Redick said on his podcast he was “jarred” by the
deal because he had asked to be traded to the East Coast or left
out of any deals so he could control his destination through a
It got close enough to the deadline last week that Redick turned
off his phone thinking he was staying put, only to find out later
he had been dealt.
“I reiterated this several times on the podcast, look, this is a
great situation,” said Redick, who hasn't won a title and reached
the NBA Finals once, in 2009 when Orlando was swept by the Los
Angeles Lakers. “I’m hoping that I can really help this team in a
few ways and contribute to winning and contribute to hopefully a
long playoff run.”
Redick's postseason experience leaves Carlisle with little worry
about figuring out how to incorporate what could be the club's best
3-point threat into the lineup, presumably in late April and early
May leading into the playoffs.
“From what I’ve seen over the years, any time he's come back,
he’s been able to get back into it pretty quickly,” Carlisle said.
“At this stage of his career, a couple, three weeks off, whatever
it's been, might actually be a good thing. We'll try to figure it
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