The New York Knicks could use a premium three-point shooter to help improve their offense. Currently, they don’t have a consistent threat from beyond the arc, which is why elite three-point shooter J.J. Redick could fit the bill.
Redick is reportedly unhappy with his current situation in New Orleans, and at 36 years old, prefers to be back in the northeast near his Brooklyn home. Considering the fact he isn’t playing well and is frustrated, the Pelicans could look to trade him within the next few weeks. Over 16 games, he’s averaging just 7.9 points over 19.9 minutes. His career three-point percentage is .414, but it is currently at .298, a significant downturn.
For a player of his expertise and experience, this is clearly an anomaly caused by an outside factor. Redick named the Knicks as a potential landing spot, as reported by ESPN.
He has not played well and not happy and wants to be traded. Would really like to be traded to the Northeast, where his offseason home is in Brooklyn. He’d love to go to Brooklyn, the Knicks, Boston or Philly. That has been communicated out there. It’s been known for a week or two.
The Knicks are currently relying on their defense primarily to keep them in games, and having lost the last two contests, overcoming the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday evening is a necessity. The team average in the three-point percentage is 34.4, with Alec Burks leading away at 44% but attempting just 2.2 per game.
Redick would be a great supplement off the bench and could provide a spark in that category — utilizing his veteran experience and mentality to help this team from downtown. They could desperately use the support, and Redick is a proven commodity who wouldn’t command a ton of minutes but rather play situationally. The Knicks simply miss too many shots from three-point to win consistent games in the NBA. With stellar defense, they are close to being a solid team but could use a few extra pieces to get there.