Redick Claims Pelicans Executive the Reason for Lowry Tampering Investigation
As the NBA continues to investigate a possible tampering situation surrounding Kyle Lowry’s move to Miami this offseason, free agent sharpshooter JJ Redick believes he knows the identity of the culprit.
Redick is the host of what has become one of the more popular basketball podcasts on the internet and on a recent episode, the former Dallas Mavericks guard took a subtle jab at his former boss, the executive of the New Orleans Pelicans David Griffin. In the episode, the 37-year old claimed that Griffin may have snitched to the NBA, prompting the launch of the investigation.
“It’s a little bit for show probably, I guess,” Redick said. “I don’t know. I think you would probably have to ask the guy who’s asking for the investigation. Some teams cleared a ton of cap space to get Kyle Lowry, and it didn’t happen. And then Lonzo [Ball] leaving so you have to ask that guy, that guy complaining.”
As far as his own future in the NBA, Redick said that he is going to take his time before coming to a decision.
“Just taking my time. I feel no rush to make any sort of decision on next season,” explained Redick. “And I felt that way when the season ended, and I feel that way now. My focus right now is just hanging with my family and enjoying the offseason. And we’ll make a decision on next season—what team, what city, etc.—probably sometime in the next two or three months. But, you know, I would say, pretty much definitively, like, I won’t be in a training camp to start the season. That’s not gonna happen. So, you know, I’ll join a team at some point this season and finish the year and try to go get a chip. That’s the plan.”
Whether or not there is any truth to Redick’s statement on the ongoing tampering situation, it will be interesting to see what sort of punishment the NBA comes down with if in fact the Heat were guilty of any sort of tampering during their courting of the former Toronto Raptors guard.