5 Former Teammates JJ Redick Can Bring to Lakers if Hired

The Lakers are on the verge of hiring JJ Redick as their next head coach. Here are five players he has played with who would be a good fit for Los Angeles.
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Dorian Finney-Smith

Most NBA fans don't remember it but Redick ended his playing career with the Dallas Mavericks. After being traded there in the middle of the 2020-21 season, Redick had the final stretch of his career in Dallas, playing next to Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis.

At that stage of his career, Redick wasn't able to contribute to the Mavericks. He only appeared in 13 games for them before retiring but he was able to play with some solid players.

One of those players is two-way forward Dorian Finney-Smith. The combo forward spent seven seasons in Dallas before being traded to the Brooklyn Nets in the 2022-23 season as part of the Kyrie Irving trade. The 31-year-old is not the defensive force he was when he was with the Mavericks but he is still a valuable wing who would be a good fit in Los Angeles.

Finney-Smith is still under contract in Brooklyn for another season, paying him $14.9 million for the 2024-25 campaign. However, the Nets aren't going anywhere and would be willing to part ways with him for the right offer.

The Lakers should ask about Finney-Smith's availability in a trade. There simply aren't too many 6'8 forwards who can defend and shoot, especially not on this Lakers roster.