The Orlando Magic are a rebuilding team which makes the upcoming trade deadline crucial. Some veteran players could be moved in order to bring in young talent that can help the team progress in the future. One of those players that could be moved is shooting guard J.J. Redick. But a recent injury is possibly hurting the possibility of trading him.
Redick injured his right shoulder on February 2 against the Milwaukee Bucks. A pump-fake got Larry Sanders into the air but then Sanders came down on Redick’s shoulder. While an MRI revealed that there is no structural damage, the injury has left the key Magic player in street clothes for the past three games.
While Redick comes off the bench for the Magic, he is much more than a bench player. The idea of using Redick as a sixth man began under Stan Van Gundy and new head coach Jacque Vaughn has continued the strategy. Redick averages 32 minutes a game which is second on the team behind Arron Afflalo. He’s also the team’s second leading scorer averaging 15.3 points a game and is often depended upon in close games.
The trade deadline this season is on February 21 meaning that the Magic may be looking to move Redick to bring in some good younger talent. In the summer of 2010 the Chicago Bulls signed Redick to a $20 million offer sheet for three years. As a restricted free agent, the Magic had the option to match the offer which they did keeping Redick in Orlando.
Again this season Redick is a hot commodity and with the Magic looking a few years ahead, many see the guard on his way out. Many teams are reportedly interested in the possibility of a trade. Most notably the Bulls and Indiana Pacers are reportedly looking for a way to add Redick to their team.
However, in order to move Redick and get the most for him, he must be healthy. That’s why this shoulder injury comes at the wrong time. The Magic must receive the right pieces from any trade to make their rebuilding process as short as possible. A player with the status of Redick has the ability to attract those players but only if he’s healthy as a move for Redick by the Bulls or Pacers would be to help the team in the immediate future.
It’s unknown when Redick will be healthy enough to return and how long it will be before he’s completely healthy again. While Redick’s absence has certainly impacted the team during their 12-game losing streak, the injury probably hurts more off the court. The ability to trade Redick by February 21 could have a big impact on the future of the Magic. They’ll be hoping he gets better by then.