The Chicago Bulls have managed to remain among the Eastern Conference’s best teams despite star point guard Derrick Rose not playing a single minute this season, thanks to the exceptional coaching job of Tom Thibedeau. Chicago currently boasts a 25-16 record, and there’s even a chance Rose may be returning to action soon.
With the Bulls playing well, the only piece they are missing is one they have been missing for years now: a knock-down three-point shooter. A prime candidate that should be available around the trade deadline in Orlando Magic guard J.J. Redick.
Redick is having a career year for the Magic with per game averages of 14.9 points and 4.4 assists while also shooting .398 from long range, mostly off the bench. Put Redick in the Bulls starting lineup and he would give the Bulls floor spacing they haven’t had since the John Paxson days in the 90’s. Derrick Rose could exploit the open lanes like never before.
Redick is in the final year of his contract that’s paying him $6 million this season, and the Bulls have a few contracts on their payroll they may be willing to part with. The Bulls could dangle the expiring contract of Vladimir Radmanovic and Richard Hamilton packaged with a future pick Orlando’s way. The Magic could then decline Rip’s team option during the off-season, making the trade virtually a swap of Redick for a future draft pick to be used towards the Magic’s rebuilding process.
This trade may be a long shot, but it is one that would make sense for both teams. The Magic are probably going to lose Redick in the off-season anyway, so they might as well swap him for a little cap space and a pick while they can.