The massive overhaul for the New Orleans Pelicans is officially underway, as it’s been a wild offseason in the Big Easy. First came the Anthony Davis trade with the Los Angeles Lakers, followed by the selection of Zion Williamson in the 2019 NBA Draft. Overall, the Pelicans are a new-look group this season, but they also added a crucial piece immediately at the start of NBA free agency.
As ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported, the Pelicans and JJ Redick agreed to terms on a two-year, $26.5 million contract.
This pulls Redick away from the Philadelphia 76ers, where he’s had two of the best years of his career in 2017-18 and 2018-19. In turn, it also adds one of the league’s best sharpshooters as well to a strong New Orleans group. Let’s take a look at the Pelicans roster and starting lineup with Redick added to the mix.
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Pelicans Roster & Starting Lineup With JJ Redick Joining Zion
*Notates expected starter
C: Zion Williamson*, Jaxson Hayes, Christian Wood, Jahlil Okafor
PF: Brandon Ingram*, Derrick Favors
SF: JJ Redick*, Kenrich Williams
SG: Jrue Holiday*, Josh Hart, E’Twaun Moore, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Marcos Louzada Silva, Dairis Bertan
PG: Lonzo Ball*, Frank Jackson
Update: Hours into the start of NBA free agency, The Athletic’s Tony Jones reported the Pelicans traded for Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors.
It’s worth noting that the contracts of Jahlil Okafor, Christian Wood, Frank Jackson and Kenrich Williams are either non-guaranteed or partially guaranteed, as Spotrac reveals. Specifically, Okafor and Jackson’s deals are the two that are partially guaranteed.
The signing of Redick adds an elite outside shooter and veteran leader. The 35-year-old guard has been exceptional in his two seasons with Philly, posting averages of 17.6 points and 2.8 assists per game on 44.9 percent shooting during that span. Beyond that, he’s been incredibly consistent from beyond the arc, knocking down 40.7 percent of his shots from 3-point range.
Redick is joining arguably one of the most intriguing young cores in the NBA which was put together by the Davis trade and a bit of luck in the NBA draft lottery. The Pelicans earned the No. 1 pick and proceeded to draft Duke Blue Devils star Zion Williamson, widely considered as the draft’s can’t-miss prospect.
Pelicans’ Bright Future With New Core
Along with the obvious impact landing Williamson in the draft makes, additions of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart as part of the Davis trade are also big. The Pelicans are set with a talented core which also features a number of players capable of playing various positions, which will be key.
While Zion is listed above as a center, it’s actually unknown exactly what position he’ll play at the NBA level. He stands roughly 6-foot-8 and weighs around 285 pounds while showcasing arguably the most athleticism of any player currently in the league. His ability to play virtually any position will make everyone’s lives far easier, and there’s an obvious reason to believe the team could still be active in free agency moving forward also.