After evolving from lottery pick bust turned solid veteran role player, Orlando Magic guard J.J. Redick has emerged as possibly the team’s best player in the post Dwight Howard era. Averaging career-highs in minutes, points, assists, and shooting percentage, Redick is putting to rest the myth that Duke players make for bad professionals (don’t tell that to Kyrie Irving either, and give Austin Rivers a chance).
Although Redick’s been playing his butt off, his effort has gone lost on a team that’s lost 17 of its last 19 games to fall to 14-30, and with Redick nearing free agency, the team might try and deal their sharp shooter for some pieces to continue building towards the future.
ESPN reported late last week that the Boston Celtics were interested in acquiring Redick, who would provide more backcourt depth for a team that will be without point guard Rajon Rondo for the rest of the season. Having not been able to replace Ray Allen’s three-point shooting prowess so far this season, Redick would give the Celtics another shooter to add to the mix, allow Avery Bradley to play more point guard, and would also be an expiring contract for a team looking to rebuild in the near future.
“I like Orlando and I like the people. The community has been wonderful for me,” Redick told RealGM. The 28-year old combo guard isn’t exactly keen on the idea of getting traded, despite playing for an awful team. “I’m very grateful to play for one team for seven years. It’s very unique and I’m fortunate for that.”
Redick is the second longest tenured Magic after Jameer Nelson (eight seasons), and is number eight on the franchise’s all-time three point field-goals made list. As he’s really carving out his role, he could truly be crucial to a team looking to make a playoff run, which Orlando clearly is not.
“If I’m here, I’m here. If I’m not here, I’m not here. There’s nothing I can do to control that situation.”
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