The New Orleans Pelicans front office backed out of an agreement to trade J.J. Redick to a team closer to his family in Brooklyn, the veteran NBA guard said on his Old Man and the Three podcast.
“I don't think you're going to get honesty from that front office, objectively speaking,” Redick said on the podcast. “That's not an opinion, I just don't think you're going to get that.”
Redick says before the season he approached the front office – led by executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin and general manager Trajan Langdon – and made a trade request. Redick claims Griffin said, “Come down for a month, if you still want to be traded, I give you my word, I'll get you to a situation that you like.”
On Thursday, the Pelicans traded Redick to Dallas.
“Obviously, he did not honor his word,” Redick said.
Griffin declined to comment.
JJ Redick on his podcast:
– He was “shocked” to be traded to the Mavericks
– He requested a trade in November to be closer to his family in Brooklyn during COVID
– He thought the Pelicans would offer a buyout after the trade deadline pic.twitter.com/ElgsesVFHT
Redick said he had four conversations with Griffin and Langdon.
“I had multiple, very transparent conversations with Trajan Langdon and David Griffin,” Redick said. “The impetus for this was my son, of course, had started kindergarten in Brooklyn back in September. We had no idea when the NBA season was going to start. The NBA sort of sprung this, ‘We’re starting Christmas day’ and simultaneously to that announcement, the Pelicans were trading Jrue Holiday. Jrue is the reason I went to New Orleans.
“As much I was excited to play with Zion (Williamson) and I was excited about the young guys they had just gotten from the Lakers and truthfully the contract was the best that was offered to me in free agency. The real excitement for me was to play with Jrue.”
Redick also explained that new Coach Stan Van Gundy’s defensive scheme wasn’t going to work for him, and COVID protocols set by the league and his kids’ school made hit difficult to see his family.
When Redick wasn’t traded by early February, he thought he would reach a buyout agreement with New Orleans.
“I look at the buyout situation not just me specifically being like “I’m going to get bought out and go to Brooklyn.’" Redick said "I just wanted to be able to on an off day go see my family and be within driving distance. That was the whole goal.”
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