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JJ Redick debuts for Dallas Mavericks, scores four points

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DALLAS — JJ Redick made his Dallas debut Monday night after being sidelined by a sore right heel since being acquired from New Orleans at the trade deadline.

The veteran shooting guard returned against one of his former teams and former coaches in the Philadelphia 76ers and Doc Rivers, who had Redick for four of his seven seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Mavericks added Redick just before the deadline March 25, looking for a boost at the 3-point line as they try to climb into the top six in the Western Conference and avoid the play-in round for the playoffs.

Redick entered late in the first quarter and missed two shots from inside the arc before hitting his first attempt from 3. He finished with four points, going 1 of 7 from the field and 1 of 3 from deep in Philadelphia’s 113-95 victory.

The 36-year-old Redick’s last game for the Pelicans was March 3, when he scored 22 points despite going 1 of 5 from long range in a 128-124 loss to Chicago. The Mavericks also got Nicolo Melli in the deal, with Wesley Iwundu, James Johnson and a 2021 second-round pick going to New Orleans.

Redick has averaged 12.9 points on 42% 3-point shooting over 15 seasons. He led the NBA at 48% shooting from long range in one of his seasons with the Clippers. This season Redick is averaging 8.7 points while shooting a career-low 36% from 3.

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Scott Brooks out as Washington Wizards coach after contract talks fall through, sources say

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Scott Brooks is out as Washington Wizards coach after the two sides failed to come to an agreement on a new deal, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Brooks had led the Wizards to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. His deal expired after Washington’s first-round loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.

In five seasons, Brooks was 183-207 with three playoff appearances, including making the Eastern Conference semifinals in 2016-17.

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Sources — Stan Van Gundy out after one season with New Orleans Pelicans

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Stan Van Gundy is out as the coach of the New Orleans Pelicans after just one season with the franchise, sources told ESPN on Wednesday morning.

Van Gundy and Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin have been engaged in talks for weeks, according to sources.

New Orleans finished a disappointing 31-41 this past season and fell short of making the play-in tournament in the Western Conference.

During exit interviews on May 17, Van Gundy told reporters it was a tough year because of how the season played out amid COVID-19 protocols around the league.

“It was a hard year personally, because when I took the job, we didn’t know when training camp was going to start or any of that stuff,” Van Gundy said. “I had not really given a ton of thought to condensed training camp, condensed season, COVID protocols. That stuff was really, really difficult from a personal standpoint. For me, to go into Detroit and have my kids nearby, and I can’t see them. That kind of stuff. Having to limit people being able to come and visit us and things like that. On a personal level, it was difficult.

“But on a basketball level, I thought this was a great situation basketball-wise, and it’s better than what I thought it was. I wasn’t happy with the results. I wasn’t happy with myself on some things basketball-wise. But as far as looking at the job as a whole, it’s even better than I expected, and I expected it to be good.”

Van Gundy and the Pelicans had an up-and-down season culminating in another missed playoff trip for New Orleans. New Orleans had been hopeful that Van Gundy would establish a defensive presence, but the results were far from that. The Pelicans finished 23rd in defensive rating (113.3) and 25th in opponent 3-point percentage (38.0).

The Pelicans did improve from 29th in defensive rating (116.3) before the All-Star break to seventh (110.4) after, but the team’s offensive rating went the same way. The Pelicans were sixth (115.6) before the break and 21st after (110.4).

New Orleans lacked consistency throughout the season. When things finally looked to be heading in the right direction, injuries to Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Zion Williamson derailed the team once again. The Pelicans also struggled in close games this season, going 3-10 in games decided by three points or fewer. They lost a league-high 14 games when holding a double-digit lead.

“We were a very young, developing basketball team. While we have players with incredible talent, we don’t have the winning mettle yet,” Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin told reporters on May 17, the day after the regular season ended.

“We know that to some degree. We know this is a process and it takes time. But we also have to take a look at ourselves, front office, coaching, players. Is what we are doing working? Are we doing enough for the group to create winning? That’s what our focus is going to be.”

New Orleans got off to a 4-2 start, but things quickly went south. The Pelicans lost eight of their next nine games and never climbed back to .500 for the rest of the season. Their 31-41 finish was just a one-game improvement from their 30-42 record in the shortened 2019-20 campaign, after which the team dismissed coach Alvin Gentry.

Van Gundy joins Nate Bjorkgren as coaches who’ve parted ways with their teams after being hired before the season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it’s the fifth time in the last 30 seasons that multiple teams changed coaches who were with the franchise for just one season.

New Orleans was Van Gundy’s fourth coaching stop as an NBA head coach and his first since sitting out the previous two seasons. Van Gundy had success at his first two stops in Miami (.605 winning percentage) and Orlando (.657). He even guided the Magic to an Eastern Conference finals appearance.

However, Van Gundy had just one winning season in four years with the Detroit Pistons from 2014 to 2018. The 61-year-old Van Gundy has a career record of 554-425 (.566).

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LA Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard could miss rest of series with knee injury

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LA Clippers star Kawhi Leonard is expected to miss Wednesday’s Game 5 against the Utah Jazz with a right knee injury and could be out the remainder of the series, sources told ESPN.

Leonard tweaked the knee on a drive late in the Clippers’ Game 4 victory, grimacing in pain as he planted on way to the basket. He stayed in briefly but didn’t finish the game.

He informed his teammates late Tuesday that he’d be out for Wednesday, sources said. He was not on the Clippers’ injury report Tuesday.

Leonard suffered a quad tendon injury in his right knee in 2017 but more recently has dealt with issues in his left knee.

He’s been great in the postseason for the Clippers and is averaging 27.3 points and 7.5 rebounds in the four games against the Jazz.

LA is already without center Serge Ibaka, who had back surgery last week.

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