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J.J. Redick could’ve earned an extra $16M had Mavs made sign-and-trade

Former NBA guard and Mavs sharpshooter J.J. Redick stepped into retirement this offseason after 15 seasons.

Before he chose that route, Redick had the opportunity to extend his career another season. During a recent episode on The Old Man and the 3 podcast, he revealed that he could have made $16 million if the Dallas Mavericks would have traded him this past offseason. ( h/t Pro Basketball Talk)

“About a week before free agency, my agent and I are talking, and I said to him, “I’m not ready to commit to anything right now.” There were, whatever, teams were gauging interest. And I said I’m not ready to commit to anything. So, on August 2nd, please just tell them I’ll talk to them later in the fall or early winter. And he called me the next day, and he said, “Dallas has your rights, basically. There’s a team that may do a sign-and-trade with them. If that’s the case, they’ve got to use you and your salary to make it work. You could make about 16 million.” And I was like, “Alright, I’ll play another year.”

Redick was on board with playing another season if the move came to fruition. It brings the discussion about what sign-and-trade move the team was potentially targeting.

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The Mavs were linked to All-Star guard Kyle Lowry, which would have meant him having to play with the Toronto Raptors. Dallas was also mentioned with Mike Conley, Kawhi Leonard, and Lauri Markkanen. Nonetheless, the Mavericks didn’t choose to head any of those routes.

The team’s lack of movement wound up seeing him venture into retirement. Ultimately, it’s a “what if” scenario that may never see the light of day of what move was internally discussed.

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