New Orleans Pelicans: B/R Proposes a Trade for J.J. Redick to Houston

Bleacher Report proposed an offseason trade for every NBA team, including an intriguing option for the New Orleans Pelicans.

The New Orleans Pelicans are going to be involved in pretty much every trade rumor this offseason.

Not only do they have a ton of young assets and a chest of draft picks, but they are on the verge of being a contender, so might be looking to add veteran talent around their exciting young core.

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The Pelicans also have a few veterans of their own that they might want to get off the books, particularly J.J. Redick, who is set to make $13 million in the final season of his contract.

Redick just turned 36-years-old, and while he has been good for the New Orleans Pelicans, they may look to get something in return before he potentially leaves in free agency.

Bleacher Report recently wrote an article proposing an offseason trade for every team, including the New Orleans Pelicans.

The trade looked like this:

Pelicans Get
Eric Gordon
2022 First Round Pick
Rockets Get
J.J. Redick
New Orleans Pelicans, J.J. Redick

JJ Redick #4 of the New Orleans Pelicans (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

The New Orleans Pelicans might move J.J. Redick, but not like this.

At first glance this would seem to be a home run for the New Orleans Pelicans. They not only get a younger replacement for Redick, but would receive an extra first round pick for their troubles.

However, if you dig into the salaries, it’s easy to see why New Orleans would run away from this one. Gordon still has four years remaining on his contract after this one, has had serious injury issues and is 31-years-old himself.

Gordon’s salary balloons to $19.5 million in 2022-23 and has a partially guaranteed $20.9 million in the following season, when he’ll be 35-years-old.

Taking on Gordon’s inflated salary could prohibit the Pelicans from re-signing Lonzo Ball or eventually Zion Williamson.

Thanks for including the Pelicans, Bleacher Report, but no thanks.

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