Milwaukee Bucks Acquire J.J. Redick from Orlando Magic in Trade
Milwaukee has reportedly given up rookie shooting guard Doron Lamb, small forward Tobias Harris and point guard Beno Udrih to land Redick. In return, they will get Redick, power forward Gustavo Ayon and point guard Ish Smith. This means the Bucks have traded three of their last four draft picks this season, including Jon Leuer last summer.
The Bobcats will receive Josh McRoberts for Hakim Warrick, a former Buck.
With this trade, small forward Josh Smith appears to be off the table, and Milwaukee has decided to settle for the second best player in their eyes. Obviously, landing Smith would have been huge for the Bucks down the stretch, as the team desperately needs a small forward, but Redick will provide quality outside shooting.
I would have to imagine Milwaukee has already talked to Redick about signing a long-term contract with the team. Otherwise, they would not have pulled the trigger to give away their future.
This deal also assures Bucks fans that shooting guard Monta Ellis will very likely not be back next season as he is reportedly prepared to not sign his $11 million extension and instead test out free agency for the first time in his career. It will be interesting to see how Milwaukee will play Redick as the team clearly feels he is much more than a backup guard.
Redick is averaging career-highs across the board with 15.1 points and 4.4 assists per game, while shooting 45.0 percent from the field, and 39.0 percent from the beyond the arc. Something tells me Milwaukee acquired Redick so that Brandon Jennings will not have to shoot as much.
Ayon is averaging 3.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 13.3 minutes per game, while Smith is averaging 2.4 points and 1.6 assists in 10.5 minutes. Neither player is expected to see the court very much, but were involved in the trade to make sure the finances worked.
The Bucks are happy to get rid of Udrih, as he carried a $7.3 million salary this season. Even though he is a good player and will be missed, it is great for the team to clear some of that cash.
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