The Minnesota Timberwolves have had a fairly up-and-down early part the season, which their 15-14 record suggests, as multiple injuries have tested the depth on the roster and made it tough for coach Rick Adelman to put an ideal lineup on the floor.
The team’s most obvious shortcoming offensively has been perimeter shooting, as they enter Friday’s action as the worst three-point shooting team in the entire league, making just 29.5 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc. Certainly adding a capable three-point shooter will be a priority as February’s trade deadline gets closer, and the Timberwolves have a relative surplus at certain positions that should put them in good position to make a deal as long as injuries are not a continuing issue.
J.J. Redick entered the NBA with some fanfare after an excellent college career at Duke, but failed to live up to his status as a lottery pick (11th overall-2006) for basically his first four seasons. But he is in the midst of his best season as a pro this season, averaging 14.1 points, 4.7 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game thus far while making over 35 percent of his three-pointers. Redick has carried over his proficiency from beyond the arc in college into his pro career, as he has made over 39 percent of his three-pointers during his seven seasons with the Orlando Magic.
Redick is slated to become an unrestricted free agent after the season, so it makes sense for the Magic to shop him to interested teams over the next six weeks or so. What they would ask for in a trade will go a long way in determining the level of interest the Timberwolves have, but with Orlando rebuilding and Minnesota attempting to stay afloat in the Western Conference playoff race a fit could be found. Perhaps forward Derrick Williams or point guard Luke Ridnour could interest the Magic, but Williams seems like a high price to pay for Redick and Ridnour may not fit with the rebuilding plan in Orlando.
Redick is essentially a one-dimensional player, but the one dimension he offers is Minnesota’s most glaring need offensively right now. I think he would be a great fit in a bench role as a primary offensive option for the Timberwolves’ second unit, but any contribution he offers beyond that would be a bonus and if the Magic front office has an inflated sense of his trade value the Timberwolves should stay away.