Veteran guard J.J. Redick wasn't happy with the way the New Orleans Pelicans handled his trade at the trade deadline as he suggested they promised him they would trade him to a place where he would be closer to his family but that wasn't the case.
At the trade deadline, the Pelicans traded Redick to the Dallas Mavericks, a place far away from his Brooklyn home. "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.'
We had four subsequent conversations," Redick said on the "The Old Man & the Three" podcast. "Again, my agent talked to them. But I'm talking to Griff directly. Griff and I had a personal relationship.
"Obviously, he did not honor his word."
Redick understands it's a business
Redick suggested the Pelicans did the trade that was in their best interest. "I don't think you're going to get honesty from that front office, just objectively speaking," Redick said.
"That's not an opinion -- I just don't think you're going to get that. 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 best interest.
I get that. I understand that. "Truthfully -- and it's hard for me to admit this -- I think I was a little naive in thinking that because I was in Year 15, and I had at least attempted to do things right throughout my career and I honored my end of the bargain ...
But in terms of this front office, yeah, it's not something where I would expect certainly the agents that worked on this with me to ever trust that front office again." Meanwhile, Pelicans head coach Stan Van Gundy said: "[JJ] had some things that he wanted to happen.
But I think Griff cared very much about what JJ wanted, but he has a responsibility to Gayle Benson and to the organization that supersedes all of that. "Listen, the one thing with me -- and I think I've been consistent about this throughout my career -- is you'll hear people say it from time to time that it's a business; well, it is.
Players are going to want to do what's best for them, and they have every damn right to do that, and organizations have every damn right to do what's best for their organization. I have problems when it gets skewed that it's a business from my end, but you should not be a business on your end.
That's not right. It's a business on both ends of it. "Everyone should do what's best for them. That part of it, the business part of basketball, when you're talking about trades and free-agent signings and contracts and all of that -- everyone should do what's best for their interest.
Unfortunately, sometimes what the player wants and what the team wants diverge. That's unfortunate, but that's just part of the way it is."