Former Duke Champion Questions Whether JJ Redick Trade Will Affect Zion Williamson

Published 04/01/2021, 11:10 AM EDT
Jan 13, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard JJ Redick (4) shoots against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


Zion Williamson is one of the next big superstars of the NBA. However, he plans on making it work from the New Orleans Pelicans. The franchise, even dating back to their history as the New Orleans Hornets have never been a pot of success. But the core of this team is young, exciting, and very talented. Zion headlines that class.

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This team had the sharpshooting JJ Redick help space the floor and mentor the young group. However, he requested a trade to the North East of the USA to be closer to Brooklyn where his family stays. Instead, he was traded further away to Dallas. Former Duke champion Jay Williams commented on how this situation could impact Zion.

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“The Pelicans have to do what’s best for them, but there’s also this weird dynamic because Tragen Langdon, the Alaskan Assassin from Duke is the General Manager of the team. When you have JJ publicly stating that he felt misled by the organization, and then you have Zion Williamson who is the third tier of Duke on this team. It makes you wonder.”

Zion Williamson: Does the Redick trade affect his future?

There is a lot to unpack here. Zion Williamson and JJ Redick had a relationship, with one of Zion’s only major media appearance in his rookie season coming on Redick’s old podcast. They shared the same college coach in Mike Krzyzewski and were stars for the Duke Blue Devils.

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Jan 30, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) is defended by Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker (17) in the first quarter at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

However, Redick had made a comment about his none of the agents who worked on this deal will ever trust the Pelicans again. That is a very interesting comment that has gone unnoticed, as Redick and Zion share the same talent agency in the Creative Artist’s Association (CAA).

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That comment had to be a message to the Pelicans and Zion may just not have the same trust that he did in the organization. However, the circumstances between the franchise piece in Zion and a rotational veteran like Redick are different. But if Anthony Davis‘s departure was anything to note, it can get ugly for superstars on the Pelicans.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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