Denver Nuggets: Pass or pursue on three rumored NBA trade deadline targets

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Should the Denver Nuggets pass on or pursue rumored trade target J.J. Redick?

The Denver Nuggets could be looking to add some sharpshooting ahead of the trade deadline as they reportedly have an interest in J.J. Redick.

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor dropped the news on a recent episode of The Mismatch podcast that Denver, along with the Dallas Mavericks, could be looking to make a move for the 36-year-old guard in the coming weeks.

Redick has made a living in the NBA as a formidable perimeter shooter, tallying a 41.5 percent 3-point shooting average over his ongoing 15-year career. The guard’s top-tier floor spacing capabilities make him an ideal candidate for several contenders, including Denver. The Nuggets have the fifth-best 3-point percentage in the league, hitting 38.7 percent of their shots from behind the arc this season.

On paper, adding another lethal threat from deep like Redick would be an easy decision, but he is currently having one of the worst seasons of his career. In his second season with the New Orleans Pelicans, Redick is averaging just 8.7 points while shooting 40.7 percent from the floor and a career-low 36.4 percent from deep.

With his production far below his typical quota, Redick’s $13 million salary is certainly not ideal to take on for a team like Denver. The guard could be a nice piece off the bench to spark some offense, but if the Nuggets plan to make a splash before the trade deadline, they should look elsewhere.

The Verdict: Pass