Orlando Magic guard J.J. Redick is in the final year of a $6.1 million deal. With the news of his attractive contract, Redick is prime trade bait around the NBA.
Ric Bucher of CSNBayArea.com confirmed that the Magic will be looking to trade Redick, but they are in no hurry to make a move.
There’s no urgency on the part of the Magic for several reasons, according to a source. One: after a rough 5-10 start, Orlando has gone 6-3, a burst not coincidentally launched by a soul-satisfying win over former teammate Dwight Howard and the Lakers. If Redick is moved, it will be for a younger talent and/or a draft pick and the Magic wouldn’t mind staying competitive for as long as they can this season. Two: as of right now, the potential suitors aren’t anywhere near making their best offer.
But who are those “potential suitors” who are not yet ready to make their best offers?
Chicago, Memphis, Minnesota, Milwaukee, Utah. The Bulls were interested in Redick as a FA and Memphis supposedly expressed recent interest. I haven’t heard directly that Minnesota, Milwaukee and Utah have talked to Orlando but Redick fits their systems and/or fills a need.
It seems all but certain that Redick will be moved, but there is still time for more potential landing spots and better offers for the Magic to surface before the league’s February 21st trade deadline.