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Report: Mavericks add sharpshooter J.J. Redick in trade with Pelicans

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: JJ Redick #4 of the New Orleans Pelicans looks on during the game against the Utah Jazz on January 21, 2021 at vivint.SmartHome Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. 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 2021 NBAE (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)

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You can never have enough shooting around Luka Doncic.

Which is why the Dallas Mavericks stepped up and reached a deal to add J.J. Redick to the mix at the trade deadline. Shams Charania of The Athletic broke the story.

Redick has had a down year in New Orleans — 8.7 points a game, shooting 36.4% from three — and Father Time is catching up with him, but there was a sense from other teams that if Redick were put in another system, he would get back to his old self. Redick can come off the bench behind Josh Richardson and give Mavericks quality minutes at the two.

Nicolo Melli has faded into the background this season in New Orleans and had asked for a fresh start somewhere else. The big man got his wish; now we’ll see what he does with the opportunity.

James Johnson brings some grit and toughness to a Pelicans team still trying to climb up into the playoffs — between Johnson and Steven Adams, nobody will be punking the Pelicans. Wes Iwundu was not in the final trade, it’s just Johnson, Dallas’ 2021 second-rounder, and some cash.

That’s not a bad haul for a New Orleans team that otherwise would have bought out Redick and got nothing for him (this does move the Pelicans close to the hard cap).