2013 NBA Free Agency: Could J.J. Redick Be On His Way to the Dallas Mavericks?

By Ryan Heckman


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Mark Cuban has plans for his Dallas Mavericks this offseason – big plans. With the help of Dirk Nowitzki, he plans to recruit some All Star talent to Dallas in hopes of making it back to the Finals.

Dallas is looking at Chris Paul and Dwight Howard, of course, but those two names are looking less and less likely at the moment. Other guys like Andre Iguodala, Josh Smith and Andrew Bynum could be in the mix for Cuban as well.

Beyond the star power, however, Cuban will likely need to fill in a couple of gaps. With O.J. Mayo probably on his way out – the Mavericks will not likely give him the money he desires – Dallas will have to find themselves a replacement at shooting guard.

One of the options that could work out perfectly for the Mavericks is J.J. Redick, who played last season for both the Orlando Magic and Milwaukee Bucks.

One of Cuban’s biggest needs this summer is to find guys with a high basketball IQ. For this reason, they most likely will not go hard after J.R. Smith who is a big name on his way to the free agent pool after opting out yesterday.

Redick provides a team with the intelligence Cuban is looking for. He doesn’t commit too many turnovers and is a career 39 percent three point shooter. After starting last season with the Magic on his way to a career year, he was traded to Milwaukee.

As a Buck, Redick did not fare too well but that could also be a system issue. After all, not many people want to play in Milwaukee. Redick will likely be looking to get paid around the $6 million range which is doable for Dallas, especially after Nowitzki let the team know he’ll take a pay cut.

The Mavericks will find a couple of solid players this offseason, mark my words. Cuban is on a mission and looks as though nothing will stop him. Redick could be just one more piece to the puzzle, and a great one at that.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA writer for RantSports.com also contributing to the NFL. Follow him on Twitter @ryanmheckman“Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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