JJ Redick criticized the New Orleans Pelicans Front Office for the way it did its trade with the Dallas Mavericks at last week’s NBA close, saying that executive vice president of basketball operations, David Griffin, ” failed to keep his word “to help Redick in a favorable situation in which he would be closer to his family.
Redick, who signed a two-year $ 26.5 million deal with the Pelicans as a free agent in the summer of 2019, said on his The Old Man and the Three podcast, released on Wednesday, that it was the first time around I asked for a deal last November for several reasons. One reason was wanting to be closer to his family in Brooklyn, where his son was just starting kindergarten and couldn’t travel to New Orleans due to quarantine rules at school. Another reason was that the pelicans were negotiating security guard Jrue Holiday, which Redick said was one of the main reasons he wanted to play in New Orleans in the first place.
He expressed all of this to Griffin and General Manager Trajan Langdon. Redick said that while his agent was handling things, he also spoke to Griffin personally.
“I spoke to Griff. I spoke to Trajan. Griff is basically saying to me, ‘Come down for a month. If you still want to be traded, I’ll give you my word, I’ll put you in a situation you like “We had four consecutive conversations,” Redick said on the podcast. “My agent spoke to them again. But I’m speaking directly to Griff. Griff and I had a personal relationship.
“Obviously he didn’t keep his word.”
When asked by podcast co-host Tommy Alter if he believes players can trust the Pelicans front office going forward, Redick was blunt.
“I don’t think you’re getting any honesty from this front office, to be honest,” Reddick said. “That’s not an opinion – I just don’t think you’re going to get this. I don’t think what happened to me is necessarily an isolated incident. But I think across the league, in the front offices, them act in their best interests. I understand. I understand.
“Honestly – and I have a hard time admitting this – I think I was a little naive because I was 15 years old and at least tried to get things right throughout my career and I have my end honored the bargain … But regarding this front office, yes it’s not something I would surely expect the agents who worked with me to trust this front office ever again. “
Redick said it was his understanding that as soon as he was not dealt with on the February 2nd full appointment, he would be bought out and be allowed to join a team of his choice. Redick wanted to be sent to a team in the northeast where he could be closer to his family in Brooklyn.
“I don’t see the buyout situation as, ‘Oh, I’m getting bought and going to [the] Brooklyn [Nets]”, He said.” I just wanted to visit my family on a free day and be accessible by car. “
Redick, 36, said he will join the Mavericks on Thursday when the team reaches New York City as they are due to play the Knicks on Friday. He will continue to rehabilitate himself from a heel procedure in New York before joining the team again at a later date.
Redick said he made it clear in a conversation with Maverick’s owner Mark Cuban that he was in no way upset with Dallas and that he looks forward to playing with “two transcendent young players” in Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis.
When asked about the Redick deal last week, Griffin said he spent the “vast majority” of the year getting Redick somewhere close to his family.
“We spent a lot of time getting JJ closer to home,” Griffin said on Friday. “When it became clear that the teams that had the best position for him regionally weren’t necessarily the most aggressive to land him, we had talks about the importance of fighting immediately as he gets older.
“I think we were confident that JJ welcomed the better opportunity to compete as we weren’t even in the play-in at this point. We thought it was the right thing for him and his family.”
On Wednesday, shortly after Redick’s comments were made public, Pelicans trainer Stan Van Gundy reached out to the media, saying the responsibility of a front office rests first with the franchise.
“”[JJ] had some things that he wanted to happen. But I think Griff was very concerned about what JJ wanted, but he has a responsibility to Gayle Benson and the organization that is replacing all of that, “said Van Gundy.
“Look, the only thing I have with me – and I think I’ve been consistent throughout my career – is that from time to time you hear people say it is a business. Well, that is.” it. The players go to want what’s best for them and they have every fucking right to do and organizations have every fucking right to do what’s best for their organization. I have problems when it goes wrong, that it’s a business from my end, but you shouldn’t be a business for you. That’s not right. It’s a business for both parties.
“Everyone should do what is best for them. That part of it, the business part of basketball, when it comes to trades and contract signing and contracts, and all of that – everyone should do what is best for them. Unfortunately, sometimes you can What the player wants and what the team wants, apart. That’s unfortunate, but that’s only part of what it is like. “