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Report: Magic plan to trade Redick, but later rather than sooner

Dec 18, 2012, 3:29 PM EDT

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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.

Ric Bucher of confirms that on Sulia, but adds that this is more likely to be a deadline deal than something coming soon.

…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.

  1. itsthemelman82 - Dec 18, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Goodbye Rip Hamilton and Vlad Rad hello JJ??? probably not but, it would be the perfect Korver replacement.

  2. pudgalvin - Dec 18, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    With the way Bellinelli is playing, the Bulls already have a much better replacement for Korver. And when Rose comes back, back court minutes are going to be hard to come by. I don’t think Thibs has much use for 2 sharpshooters that aren’t much use on defense.

    Besides, I’d rather keep Rip. He gives them some offense and some defense, rather than having to choose between offense only with Bellinelli and defense only with Butler.

    • raidmagic - Dec 18, 2012 at 6:16 PM

      You clearly haven’t seen JJ play recently. Not only is he a great shooter he is a solid team defender as well as a facilitator on offense. He doesn’t get near enough credit for what he does. Also I wouldn’t be so sure he will be moved.

  3. themagicfanguy - Dec 18, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    @pud You’re underestimating JJ, his defense is solid and has improved every year. He’s not a stopper, but he’s not a liability either.

  4. doubledown44 - Dec 18, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    As a Cavs fan, I’d love to Redick come here to play. He would be a great addition in terms of what they need and what he offers.

    However, if I’m being objective, Memphis would be a great fit and I hope it happens. As a connected thought, I have liked what I have seen from Josh Selby and I think it would be good for him to head to Orlando as part of the trade somehow. I think he just needs a chance to get some minutes and it doesn’t seem likely to happen with the Grizzlies.

  5. funketheanalrapist - Dec 18, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Twolves could still use outside shooting, especially with Budinger down for a while. Could take the pressure off while Shved develops his shot. Got to see him play earlier this year and really dig how his game is continuing to develop.

  6. supremekingz - Dec 18, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Lets get him Bulls! Duke!

  7. fanz928 - Dec 18, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Reddick to thunders for perry jones and the lottery pick from Houston

  8. ericdinosaur - Dec 18, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    I enjoy it when fans play gm. When they see a guy like Redick, they see sharpshooter and outside threat in the likeness of Kyle Korver and Steve Novak. If you’ve watched the Magic, you can see that he’s not just those things but an excellent ball mover and cutter. In fact, Jacque Vaughn has been able to initiate his sets through this guy. Korver is a stationary shooter without much else to his game.

  9. themagicfanguy - Dec 18, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Yes, JJ is more than just a shooter. He also can pass, defend, and move without the ball quite well. He can play PG in a pinch. Hope other team recognize it as well…

  10. magicbucs - Dec 18, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    At eric… You’re absolutely right. Last season and this season he has blossomed into more than a spot up 3pt shooter.
    His Defense is solid which is a huge improvement from his first 3 seasons. can run a pick and roll, drive in from a pump fake then spot up n shoot or keep driving and make the right pass/play, Cuts to the basket and gives you 100% on every possession. Oh and he is a 91% FT shooter.
    If he is traded, he will be missed. Great player!

  11. thekingdave - Dec 18, 2012 at 6:53 PM


    Haha really? You’re willing to deal Toronto’s potential top 5 pick for JJ Reddick? Go for it.

  12. 13arod - Dec 18, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    dont orlando

  13. osmocosmo - Dec 18, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    Nowhere in that heap of words does Bucher actually ‘report’ that the Magic ‘plan to trade Redick.’


    This is why I don’t even bother with this website most days.

    And the Magic would be stupid to trade Redick for a hit-or-miss prospect and/or a who-the-hell-knows draft pick. Anybody who has watched the Magic play this year knows he’s the team’s MVP so far. The Magic could do a lot worse than keep Redick in Orlando throughout his prime while they build this team.

  14. magicfanintn - Dec 19, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Looks to me like this headline should have a big “IF” in the front of it. Bucher is simply speculating and says as much. He is not “reporting” a rumor, but creating one.

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