JJ Redick calls out Pelicans exec David Griffin: 'I don't think you're going to get honesty from that front office'

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It wouldn't be fair to say that JJ Redick is completely unhappy with what occurred at the NBA trade deadline. After all, he'll now have a prominent role as a bench scorer for a team that has serious playoff aspirations, with one of the best young talents and offensive facilitators in the league helping to distribute him the ball and feed his signature three-point stroke.

But the way in which he joined the Dallas Mavericks via trade from the New Orleans Pelicans wasn't exactly ideal, and he shared the whole behind-the-scenes story on the latest episode of Cadence13's and ThreeFourTwo Productions' "The Old Man & the Three," available on Audacy Sports.

"I was shocked, I was floored. I was not expecting, at that point, to get traded," Redick said, he and his agent had never discussed the Mavericks as a potential landing spot. "...What I told Mark (Cuban) was, in any other year, I'd be thrilled to get traded to the Dallas Mavericks. It's one of the premier organizations, I think Rick (Carlisle) is one of the best coaches, and... the opportunity to play with a guy like Luka and Kristaps (Porzingis), we went down their line, all their guys — they've got a great team.

"So it was just a little jarring. Tommy, you know this, and this is not public, but back in November, I made a trade request and it wasn't my agent making the request, it was me. I had multiple, very transparent conversations with Trajan Langdon and David Griffin. 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."

Redick went on to explain that Holiday was the reason why Redick decided to sign with New Orleans in the first place, and him getting dealt was thus a blow to Redick. With COVID protocols in place, it also made it difficult for Redick to see his family in New York and, alternatively, for his family to come visit him in New Orleans. What Griffin told Redick after he aired his request to be traded and be closer to his family gave him some sense of hope.

"So, I talked to Griff, I talked to Trajan. Griff basically says to me, 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," Redick said. "We've had subsequently four conversations — again, my agent talks to him, but I'm talking to Griff directly... — and obviously he did not honor his word, and again, that is not a slight on Dallas at all.

"My understanding, basically from February on, once I was not traded at the aggregate deadline on February 2, my understanding all along was that I was going to get a buyout. And if I was going to be traded, it was going to be to a team in the northeast where I was closer to home and I'd be able to see my family for the last two or three months of the season."

Dallas, just in case geography isn't your strong guit, is not in the northeast region of the United States, nor is it closer to New York than New Orleans is.

"...I don't think you're gonna get honesty from that front office, just objectively speaking. That's not an opinion, I just don't think you're gonna get that," Redick said. "I don't think what happened with me is necessarily an isolated incident, either. But I do think across the league, front offices, they act in their own best interest. I get that, I understand that."

Redick acknowledged that he may have been a little bit naive in thinking that his status as a 15-year veteran and the fact that he held up his end of the deal meant that he'd get his desire.

"But, at least in terms of this front office, it's not something where I would expect... the agents that worked on this with me to ever trust that front office again."

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