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Bulls continue to make all the right moves, sign J.J. Redick to $20 million offer sheet

Jul 10, 2010, 12:09 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for nba_redick.jpgThe Chicago Bulls have correctly identified their team’s biggest flaws — consistent production from the 4, perimeter shooting, supplementary scoring — and made move after move to make themselves a better team. They’ve picked up Carlos Boozer, signed Kyle Korver, and now, according to Chad Ford of ESPN.com, have signed Orlando Magic shooting guard J.J. Redick to an offer sheet for a three-year, $20 million contract.

This, ladies and gents, is a strong contingency plan. Adding Travis Outlaw and signing Tyrus Thomas to an offer sheet? That’s something else.

Of course, Orlando could retain Redick by simply matching Chicago’s offer. They did that very thing last summer when reserve center Marcin Gortat signed a five-year, $34 million sheet with the Dallas Mavericks. That may be a bit pricey for a reserve, but GM Otis Smith and Orlando’s ownership have made it clear that the team is willing to pay for well-fitting, talented pieces. That description seems to fit Redick perfectly, as he came into his own last season as a defender, a shooter, and a functioning member of the Magic roster.

Three years and $21 million is fair for Redick, but a bit on the pricey side. It could be worth just enough to deter the Magic from matching, especially considering their already substantial payroll. Orlando has $81 million on the books already for next season without Chris Duhon, uncommitted free agent Matt Barnes, or Redick’s pay raise on the books. This offer leaves just enough intrigue to keep listening; it’s seemingly well within market value for a player of Redick’s caliber, yet just high enough for the Magic to consider saying goodbye.

  1. coach k - Jul 10, 2010 at 12:37 AM

    …and now introducing your chicago dukies!!!! wow, with a starting lineup of rose, redick, deng, boozer and noah and korver and gibson coming off the bench….the hollywood heat better watch out for DA BULLS

  2. Trillen - Jul 10, 2010 at 12:47 AM

    And who says the magic wont match the offer?

  3. Cap Man - Jul 10, 2010 at 1:17 AM

    I don’t like the Korver or Reddick moves. Preserve the cap space for next year by signing veterans to 1 year deals, say Stackhouse or Q Richardson and or even McGrady. Whoever.
    The thing that kills all these teams is paying replaceable pieces with $5+ million a year multi-year contracts (Gorcat 5 years $34 million, Ty Thomas 5 years $40 million??!?!) when you can get an old comparable veteran for 1 year and less pay.
    The Bulls are the 4th best team in East already without any of these moves. These moves make them more competitive with lesser teams, but not Miami. They’re still the 4th seed either way. If they want to compete with and BEAT Miami for the next 5 years, they need another star, not “pieces”.
    Preserve cap space for Carmelo next year or big mid-season trade.

  4. Dirk Simmons - Jul 10, 2010 at 1:45 AM

    We need Carmelo big time. He could definitely make us competitive with the Heat. I need to see this happen. The Heat could easily walk away with 4. After that Lebron is 30, but has played 12 years, Bosh is 31, and Wade is 33 with knees of a 50-year old. They could still walk away with another 2 after that conceivably. But if we can manage to get Carmelo by trading Deng…Well, then there’s a chance. A serious chance to upstage these punks in South Beach. Please do everything you can to make this happen.

  5. Kirk - Jul 10, 2010 at 2:08 AM

    “…Redick perfectly, as he came into his own last season as a defender, a shooter …” I’ll remind you of those very words when he plays Miami and D-Wade. He HAS to play on a good team because he’s an afterthought. If he was on a team that wasn’t good he’d be abused ! He’s not a relative of yours is he ?

  6. Young$ - Jul 10, 2010 at 2:40 AM

    “…and now introducing your chicago dukies!!!! wow, with a starting lineup of rose, redick, deng, boozer and noah and korver and gibson coming off the bench….the hollywood heat better watch out for DA BULLS”
    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
    Redick? Duke North?
    Please.
    Also, to the author, Rob Mahoney:
    Are you NOT related to the Mahoney’ from, Police Academy’? Because he had tact – This statement could not be more oxymoronic:
    “…continue to make all the right moves, sign J.J. Redick…”
    You should be banished to the Blue Oyster Bar.

  7. WouldYouKindly - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:00 AM

    Carmelo will never come to Chicago because it isn’t New York.
    And as of now, the Heat don’t even have enough signed players for a pickup game at the park. Why does everyone think they are guaranteed to dominate?

  8. hnirobert - Jul 10, 2010 at 8:52 AM

    Because Pat Riley did something, getting the three top free agents, while the Bulls, Knicks, Nets and Clippers, would’ve been happy to get one of them. They also have Mike Miller. What makes you think Pat the Rat can’t go out and fill the rest of his roster? His track record? ROFL.
    Heat > Bulls.

  9. Jizzle - Jul 10, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    Let’s understand something folks! Miami is a great team, no doubt but, statistically Boozer is better than Bosh in FG%, Rebounds and averages only one point per game lower Than Bosh. He has a better post game than bosh and even a better free throw shooter. Rose in a year will be just as good as wade so laBron is great but we have a deffensive genius in taj gibson who im sure will keep labron busy hes tall and quick. So heat fans don’t be surprised if the bulls can pull another great player this offseason besides kyle korver and J.J. Reddick remember we still have 10 mill in cap room and a midlevel exeption left so I think we are in a great position! Go Bulls!

  10. Money23 - Jul 10, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    Like the solid role player pick ups for the Bulls. It was glaringly obvious they didn’t have a 3pt threat last season (r.i.p Kirk). Adding two of the top 5 marksmen in the league is a solid move. Now they just need a solid perimeter d (Brewer?), back up big man (Miller or Asik?), and a PG to give Rose a breather (Fisher,Re-up Law?). Definitely a team to worry about on the ups. Who is gonna do the banging and dirty work down low in Miami? Remember Shaq referring to Bosh as the “Rupaul of the big men in the league.” He was right…

  11. Prometheus - Jul 10, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    Typical Chicago sports fan:
    Boozer better than Bosh – smoking crack.
    “Rose in a year will be just as good as wade” – CRACK rock.
    “So heat fans don’t be surprised if the bulls can pull another great player this offseason besides kyle korver and J.J. Reddick remember we still have 10 mill in cap room and a midlevel exeption left so I think we are in a great position! Go Bulls!”
    ANOTHER great player? You’re implying Korver and Redick are ‘great’ players?!?!?
    It never ends with you people: I’m sure the Bears and Cubs are going to win it all again this year, right?
    It must be tough having so many championship-caliber teams in one city. Ha ha ha.
    Let me break this down for you: The Bears suck, the Cubs suck, and the Bulls will suck again. You have no defense. Defense wins championships. Face facts, you went all in this offseason, fell flat on your face, and now will be losing Rose when his contract is up in 2 years. You guys used to talk about Hinrich as you do Noah, the fact remains, nobody in the league wants to pay with either. Also, you’ve now over-payed for Boozer, and Deng in recent years, not a good foundation, congrats on winning it all this year.

  12. chifan23 - Jul 10, 2010 at 4:12 PM

    haha this guy is funny i guess hes another heat bandwagon fan lets get somethin straight first off we dont have 3 huge egos to deal with like miami does and second how can you say derrick rose isnt a great player? both years hes been in the league hes been to the playoffs and nearly beat the celtics his rookie year makin that one of the greatest first round series ever so until this next season is over i think all the heat talk is pointless Go Bulls!

  13. Prometheus - Jul 10, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    Actually I really didn’t think about that as I put in the name, not a Heat fan. A fan of the team that’s going to win the Central, the Mlwaukee Bucks. But this, was cute:
    “how can you say derrick rose isnt a great player? both years hes been in the league hes been to the playoffs and nearly beat the celtics his rookie year makin that one of the greatest first round series ever so until this next season is over i think all the heat talk is pointless”
    Crown that dude already! “Greatest First Round Series EVER!!!”
    And I didn’t say that Derrick Rose isn’t a great player, I said it was funny that ‘Jizzle’ (cool name, do you specialize in taking money shots to your retinas?) assumed “Rose in a year will be just as good as wade”, which is a statement dripping with Chicago homer-ism. And, as usual, retarded. I have tons of friends from Chicago, they’re great people, until sports comes up, and then they transform into brainwashed cult members…until the end of the year, then, they want ‘everybody fired’. It’s like the turning of the seasons, they never fail.
    (My ‘security words’ below, are ‘kookie’ and ‘and’)

  14. REALLY, let's Get Real: - Jul 10, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    Buddy, what ARE you talking about? First of all, I told you who I root for.
    The Bucks, they’ve ALWAYS been my team, through thick or thin.
    And, you are not going anywhere if you can’t even beat Milwaukee. We’re taking the Central with your player, Salmons, joining with Jennings, Bogut, Maggette, Gooden, Mba Moute, Delfino, Ilyasova, Douglas-Roberts, and our 3 high-ceiling picks, Larry Sanders (Theo Ratliff-esque), Darington Hobson (Poor man’s Tayshaun Prince), and Tiny Gallon (A big baby-type with more length, athleticism, a better jump shot, and above all, higher potential, just like Davis though, he does have weight and character issues).
    You want to talk ‘depth’? We’ve got you crushed in that department.
    You lost me on your ‘BP’ line. I don’t follow.

  15. Get Real... - Jul 10, 2010 at 6:47 PM

    Prometheus, REALLY, let’s Get Real, or whatever you choose to call yourself, the BP line is for the fact that you are stating the obvious and attacking someone for getting excited about their team by using the Miami Heat’s success in the off-season to put a Bulls fan down. Kind of like how the right wing homers are doing by always supporting the big corporations that really run the government, and then always complaining about how the government is run. In other words, you’d side with whoever has the chips on their side…I know you buddy, you’ll be rooting for the Heat once you see your Bucks being dismantled by that team if they meet. Or maybe you’ll magically lose interest.
    As far as depth is concerned, this is what I meant:
    Boozer, Deng, Noah, Rose, Redick (if they get him), Korver, Gibson, Asik, Miller (maybe)
    That isn’t depth to you? Bucks vs. Bulls, I’ll take the Bulls if I’m a betting man. But in the end, you’ll take the Heat. I know.

  16. inkybreath - Jul 10, 2010 at 7:00 PM

    Bulls fan. Excited.
    I do like your Bucks team. Bogut is pretty fierce, when healthy, Jennings is on the right side of streaky, Salmons is good for a half-year of good productivity and Maggette is a strange X factor for your offense (only).
    (I didn’t mean to make the language so conditional there …)
    But, you don’t crush in the depth department. And, my guess is you jump to depth to side-step how your starting 5 does not stack up. Your only bonus cards are: Bogut has the edge and Salmons will play up against us (yet doesn’t have the edge over almost any of the potential SG agents for the Bulls could get) … aaaand … we have watched Salmons tired moves more than anyone and should be ready for them.)
    Paralleling your assumptions, the Bulls have some serious potential on the bench. Gibson has shown good mettle already has has yet more upside, James Johnson could easily become a crazy talented NBA player – RIM PUNISHER AND SHOT BLOCKER (if he can get control of his handles and assignments) – on both sides of the floor and, assuming Korver is off the bench – straight deadly.
    Your team is about to step into the place the Bulls have been for a few years now. And, we can possibly into the real contender arena.
    Good luck to us all.

  17. NAZMIN - Jul 10, 2010 at 7:34 PM

    Your righ, “It must be tough having so many championship-caliber teams in one city.” we do have a hard time deciding who to pick.
    Blackhawks:Champs this year and the White Soxs in 05′
    Bear where in the Superbowl a few years ago.
    Bulls in the 90s
    All the Wolf Campionships
    Enuff said, every team has its ups and down but Chicago has alot of Championship caliber teams the last few years. What city do you come from that has won so many chapionships that you can make fun of other fan?? Not many citys won more champs that chicago in differnt sports. so stfu

  18. Tom Foolery - Jul 10, 2010 at 8:43 PM

    Nazmin:
    Take a nap, you need one. There are retarded people out there that have a better grasp of the English language THAN you do. WHERE ‘WHERE’ you during school? HA HA HA!
    ——————————————————————-
    Get Real:
    1st of all, noticed before you are talking about the WWF – you mean NWO, and I never watch wrestling, I just pay attention. Try it.
    Again, nothing on the BP thing. Maybe if you had a SLIGHTLY more elaborate explanation, that would do the trick.
    “Boozer, Deng, Noah, Rose, Redick (if they get him), Korver, Gibson, Asik, Miller (maybe)”
    Miller? He’s about 87 years old. Who is Asik? Ha ha ha. Redick and Korver are included? Ok. Face it. It’s Rose, Boozer, Deng and Noah, with a peppering of Gibson. Thing is, Gibson’s and Deng’s most effective spot is the 3. Boozer and Noah ideally play the 4. No skill players anywhere. As I said, Rose is GONE in 2 years, guaranteed. With those bloated contracts around him, crippling the Bulls, I don’t blame him.
    ——————————————————————-
    Inky Breath:
    All in all, you’re the exception here, a Chicago fan with common sense. Kudos.
    And, I didn’t bring up depth, master of his mother’s basement, ‘Get Real’ did:
    “In fact, the depth the Bulls are creating with Thibodeau (or however you spell that name) reminds me of those bad-boy Pistons.”

  19. Christopher - Jul 10, 2010 at 8:52 PM

    I usually don’t banter back and forth with mindless drones trying to talk crap about my teams. I live in Colorado, but grew up in Chicago. All of teams I support. Not just one, but all. I read over the comments, and Prometheus’ comments stick out the most. I think it is great that you are loyal to the Bucks (thick and thin, as you put it). That is how I am with mine. I endured heartbreak after heartbreak. Watched my teams that should have contended and won World Championships, falter, and fade. Lived through horrific and soul sucking years of inadequacy with all of my beloved teams. So, let’s assume that you are from the Wisconsin area…Prometheus. Let’s examine your teams. First off, your beloved Bucks. They won an NBA title in 1971. I was only a few months old when this occurred. What have they done since? The Bulls Have Championships in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998. They would have easily won in 1994 and 1995 had Jordan not retired to suck at baseball. Now we come to the Milwaukee Brewers. They have a championship as well. One in 1957. What have they done since? The White Sox won in 2005 (ending a very hard to stomach drought). The Cubs, will they probably will never win in my lifetime. So to be fair, you can say that they suck. The Packers. Three time Super Bowl Champs. 2 with Bart Starr, and 1 with Brett Favre. Two quarterbacks better than ANY quarterback we have ever had. Still, we won a superbowl with Jim McMahon in 1986, and went to a superbowl in 2007 with REX GROSSMAN!! We lost in 2007 (obviously), however, Tommie Harris sat out of the game and we couldn’t stop the run. There was a 21 year gap between our superbowl appearances. Theres is a 29 year gap between the Packers superbowl appearances. In my lifetime (1970), every team in Chicago has won a Championship except for the Cubs and Fire. Every one of them has gone to the Championship game/series, except for the Cubs. What about your lifetime? Were you there in 1971? Maybe alive, but did you get to enjoy it? What about 1957? Did you see that World Series? Chicago has plenty of Championship quality teams.

  20. Ryan Kim - Jul 10, 2010 at 10:42 PM

    the coach

  21. Nate - Jul 12, 2010 at 7:24 PM

    Actually, the Fire won both the MLS cup and the Open Cup in their expansion year (1998). So, yeah, Chicago is awesome. Looking forward to next year’s Bulls!

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