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Report: J.J. Redick wants Pelicans to trade him, Knicks on list

Pelicans guard J.J. Redick vs. Knicks

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 10: JJ Redick #4 of the New Orleans Pelicans shoots the ball against the New York Knicks on January 10, 2020 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Pelicans guard J.J. Redick is in the throes of trade rumors.

By request.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN:

He has not played well and not happy and wants to be traded. 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 had already been linked to the Nets, 76ers and Celtics. The Knicks are a new revelation

Trade requests are far more common than many realize. Especially by out-of-rotation players – like Redick.

At 7-12 and 14th in the Western Conference, the Pelicans are seemingly prioritizing playing young guards like Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Kira Lewis. Redick, age 36 and on an expiring contract, doesn’t have much place in New Orleans.

Which is why the Pelicans will probably try to accommodate his trade request.

But finding suitors might not be easy. Redick looks more one-dimensional than ever and is struggling in that dimension, shooting just 30% on 3-pointers. His relatively high $13,013,700 salary doesn’t make a trade easier.

Maybe win-now teams like the Nets, 76ers, Celtics and Knicks believe Redick will perform better with them. He’s accustomed to winning situations. Playing closer to home could also make him more comfortable.

New Orleans will send Redick to whichever team makes the best offer. The Pelicans probably don’t want much.

But we’re learning what Redick wants. Players can drive trades themselves. If he’s trying to arrange a deal with Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Boston or New York, one of those teams could bite.