J.J. Redick: I could’ve made extra $16M if Mavericks completed discussed sign-and-trade
But ending last season in Dallas could have worked out very well for him.
Redick didn’t say which player the Mavericks targeted in a sign-and-trade. They were linked to Kyle Lowry (who ultimately went from the Raptors to the Heat in a sign-and-trade), to Mike Conley (who re-signed with the Jazz), to Kawhi Leonard (who re-signed with the Clippers), to John Collins (who re-signed with the Hawks) and to Lauri Markkanen (who went from the Bulls to the Cavaliers in a sign-and-trade).
A sign-and-trade could have been useful in acquiring Collins or Markkanen, who were both restricted free agents. Even an unrestricted free agent coming via sign-and-trade rather than cap space could have helped Dallas. That would’ve allowed the Mavericks to still re-sign Tim Hardaway Jr. through Bird Rights and use the mid-level exception (ultimately used on Reggie Bullock).
Signed-and-traded players must sign a contract for at least three years with the first season fully guaranteed. It’s unclear whether Redick would’ve gotten $16 million in guaranteed salary this season or “just” $5 million-$6 million in the first year of a three-year, $16 million contract. Dallas had other already-contract players who could’ve been put in a sign-and-trade for an expensive player, though Redick certainly makes it sound like he would’ve pocketed $16 million.
That would have been a nice windfall for Redick. The team acquiring him primarily for salary-cap reasons might have just waived him and allowed him to retire – with the extra money – anyway. Even if that team wanted the shooting guard on its roster, he would’ve earned substantially more than the minimum salary ($2,564,753) he likely would’ve commanded in free agency.
Alas, the sign-and-trade never happened, and Redick returned to pointing the finger at the team he begrudged for sending him to the Mavericks in the first place.