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Magic match offer, keep JJ Redick

Jul 15, 2010, 10:51 PM EDT

nba_redick.jpgWhat follows is a sentence that I never thought I would type three years ago:

The Orlando Magic had no choice but to match the three-year, $20 million offer to JJ Redick.

Orlando did just that Thursday, according to FanHouse (and confirmed by other sources now).

Redick came into the league with that Duke hype and was a guy who could knock down the three. And that was about it. He had trouble seeing the floor because Stan Van Gundy wants guys to defend.

But credit to Redick because he wanted it, he worked hard and developed his game. He made it happen. He can defend now, he makes the right decisions on offense, and plays under control even under pressure. And he can still knock down the three.

Orlando needed to match for two reasons. One, he’s now a key part of their rotation and if they are a team serious about their title chances they need him on the floor. It was not a coincidence that he was getting some key minutes from Vince Carter in the playoffs.

Second, if Orlando didn’t match, Redick would have gone to Chicago. There is an arms race in the East now with Miami and Boston (Jermaine O’Neal makes them even bigger and longer) and everything Chicago has done. Redick would have been a perfect fit at the two in Chicago, and the Magic can’t let another good team in the conference get better like that.

Orlando’s ownership is spending to win, they could have a payroll pushing $84 million (as it stands now). That’s way over the luxury tax line, but in the arms race in the East they have to spend to have a chance.

  1. Jake - Jul 15, 2010 at 11:42 PM

    Boy, tough break for Chicago. Who’s left at the shooting guard position? Ronnie Brewer time? Does this mean the Bulls will be looking any closer at Josh Howard? Hopefully at least it means Big Brad is back.

  2. luffy - Jul 15, 2010 at 11:52 PM

    Bulls signed Kyle Korver, they have a legit SHOOTING guard…
    Rose, Korver, Deng, Boozer, Noah, w/Pargo, Gibson and Miller in Bench wicked line-up…

  3. Agui - Jul 16, 2010 at 12:18 AM

    Korver is a SF were thinking of trading deng

  4. akfame - Jul 16, 2010 at 12:53 AM

    Duke hype means pretty much you don’t get anywhere in the NBA.

  5. commonsense - Jul 16, 2010 at 4:26 AM

    but you win championships

  6. josh pico - Jul 16, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    name 5 dukies that won championships. now name 15 north carolina guys.

  7. Kevin - Jul 16, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    I’m from Chicago and boy did we just dodge a bullet. I saw no way Redick fits into our plans from a defensive stand point with the coach we have. Redick still gets beat off the dribble easily and has poor defensive foot work. And not a lick of athleticism. Orlando can have him back happily.

  8. Orlando Magic Fan - Jul 16, 2010 at 9:29 PM

    hey you have to give some credit to jj he is my player plus he is in the nba what about you Go MAGIC

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