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Sport JJ Redick on tough start by Pelicans: 'We can turn this around'

01:05  15 december  2019
01:05  15 december  2019 Source:   hoopsrumors.com

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“ JJ Redick is among the very best shooters and professionals in league history,” said Pelicans Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Additionally, Redick has appeared in 110 career postseason games, averaging 10.9 points while shooting .371 from three-point range with Orlando

Entering the season, the Pelicans added sharpshooting veteran J.J. Redick on a two-year pact to bolster a young, promising team that appeared poised to be a postseason contender.

  JJ Redick on tough start by Pelicans: 'We can turn this around' © Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Entering play Saturday, the 6-20 Pelicans are the second-worst team in the Western Conference.

The absence of heralded first overall pick Zion Williamson along with inconsistent play from some young players has not helped New Orleans’ cause. Given the slow start, it’s possible the Pelicans could explore trading some veterans but for Redick, that is not the focus.

“I don’t pay attention to that stuff. I’m all-in on the Pelicans. I’m all-in on this group,” Redick said, per Will Guillory of The Athletic (Twitter link). “I think we can turn this around. That’s 100 percent my focus.”

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As the New Orleans Pelicans build around Zion Williamson, they will start with veteran sharpshooter JJ Redick as an immediate impact player. On opening night, one would assume that Redick would join Jrue Holiday as the Pelicans ’ starting backcourt.

During the 2017 NBA free-agency period, former Clippers shooting guard JJ Redick considers how signing with a new team and moving to a different city will

Redick, 35, has provided the Pelicans with his trademark solid play, averaging 15.8 points and shooting 45.3 percent from beyond the arc. If New Orleans decided to shop the veteran, the team could likely command a solid return of picks. But if Redick has a say, the Pelicans will continue to fight to improve and hopefully creep back into playoff contention.

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It took 2 months for the feel-good team of the NBA offseason to fall apart .
With a 13-game losing streak, Zion Williamson still injured, and the season falling apart, the Pelicans have some decisions to make on how to move forward.They landed the No. 1 pick in a surprise lottery jump, drafted Zion Williamson, traded Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers for a bounty of intriguing young players and draft picks, then signed two solid veterans in J.J. Redick and Derrick Favors in free agency to support their youth movement.

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