JJ Redick has referred to as out the Pelicans for backing out of an settlement to commerce him to Brooklyn, or on the very least, someplace nearer to his Brooklyn-based household.
Citing difficulties in seeing his household throughout the pandemic, he requested Pelicans administration for a commerce earlier than the season started.
When the March 25 commerce deadline handed and not using a deal materialising, Redick was beneath the impression he would attain a buyout settlement with New Orleans.
Redick added that Pelicans govt vice chairman of basketball operations David Griffin had given him his phrase that he would guarantee he ended up in a scenario that he preferred.
On Thursday, the Pelicans traded Redick to Dallas.
“Obviously, he did not honour his word,” Redick mentioned.
Griffin declined to make a public touch upon the matter.
“I don’t think you’re going to get honesty from that front office, objectively speaking,” Redick mentioned on his podcast The Old Man and the Three. “That’s not an opinion, I just don’t think you’re going to get that.”
It wasn’t lengthy after Redick made these feedback that Richard Jefferson and Robert Horry roasted him on The Jump.
When host Rachel Nichols mentioned Redick had requested to be traded to the Nets, Jefferson laughed and interjected by saying “so did everybody else”.
Jefferson then playfully ripped into Redick over his feedback.
“I like JJ…and I know your family lives in Brooklyn and out on the east coast… but really? You thought they were going to send you to the Nets like everybody else?” Jefferson mentioned.
“There are times when we can have that conversation about ‘oh this isn’t right’, but JJ, you know, you are one of the smartest athletes out there, you know they don’t care, so to give your sob story. Like we’ll listen and we’ll indulge you and you’ll get a segment on The Jump, but you know what the truth is. He’s smart enough to know.”
Then it was Robert Horry’s flip.
“My whole thing is, JJ, what have you done for them (the Pelicans)?” Horry mentioned. “That’s what it boils all the way down to. Have you gained a championship for this organisation? No. Have you been an MVP for this organisation? No. Have you been an All-Star? No.
“You don’t get no say the place you go. You go the place they ship, what’s greatest for the organisation, not what’s greatest for you.
“And that’s what’s wrong with a lot of these guys, saying ‘Oh I wanna go here’… Get over it, this is the NBA, is a business, handle it… The other thing is you had the opportunity to be close to your family, but you chose not to.”
Jefferson and Horry are proper that gamers beneath contract don’t get to decide on the place they wish to go.
Players play the place their groups ship them. That’s how this works. All gamers are properly conscious of this earlier than signing on the dotted line, and so they’re paid handsomely for the inconvenient.
Having mentioned that, assuming Redick is right in saying that Pelicans administration had made sure guarantees, it’s definitely not a fantastic look to return on them.
New Orleans administration ought to perceive the unpredictable nature of the enterprise and know to not make any guarantees, particularly when they’re beneath no obligation to take action.
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