Dec 18, 2012, 3:29 PM EDT
J.J. Redick is a valuable outside shooter on a rebuilding team in the last year of a very reasonable $6.1 million contract.
It doesn’t really take a sophisticated NBA follower to see he is a prime trade target.
…there’s no urgency on the part of the Magic for several reasons, according to a source. One: after a rough 5-10 start, Orlando has gone 6-3, a burst not coincidentally launched by a soul-satisfying win over former teammate Dwight Howard and the Lakers. If Redick is moved, it will be for a younger talent and/or a draft pick and the Magic wouldn’t mind staying competitive for as long as they can this season. Two: as of right now, the potential suitors aren’t anywhere near making their best offer. The likeliest trade partners: Chicago, Memphis, Minnesota, Milwaukee, Utah. The Bulls were interested in Redick as a FA and Memphis supposedly expressed recent interest.
This is the season when everybody starts talking trades, but really most of the action will not come for another month. Once we get into late January we start to see pressure on moves. But most of what is going to happen will be a lot closer to the Feb. 21 trade deadline.
Including Redick. He’s going to get dealt. Just not yet.
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