Magic Still Looking At JJ Redick Deals
David Pingalore from Orlando TV Local 6 reportedlast night that he’d been told that the Orlando Magic on directive from owner Rich DeVos would not be trading guard JJ Redick.
However, virtually every team that has contacted Orlando about J.J. Redick has gotten an offer discussed and the parameters of a deal laid out. The Magic want a high level first-round draft pick or some combination of second round picks and with a promising young player.
Redick , who has been outspoken about the Magic keeping him informed and that he would not be traded, did not sound nearly as sure last night in Dallas, reinforcing the belief that the Magic are indeed shopping him and that a deal could be coming today.
“There’s just too many variables to say that,” Redick told the Orlando Sentinel’s Josh Robbins on whether he’ll be in Orlando past the deadline.
“There’s just too many variables. The shortest way to answer that is I wouldn’t be disappointed if I end up going to a team that is playing for a championship if that were to happen. Look, if any player is in this situation and they’re on a team that’s one of the five or six teams in the league that have one of the worst records and they go to a contender, it’s not a bad thing.
“If I were to stay here, though, it’d be great.”
There continues to be an ever-increasing list of teams willing to trade for Redick, what remains unclear is which of the suitors will deliver on the Magic’s asking price.
Several teams openly question the virtues of trading a high level draft pick for what amounts to a 30-game rental of Redick, as most teams believe even with Redick’s Bird Rights, he is likely to shop for the biggest free agent deal possible, especially one where he can start and ultimately contend.
The Magic did not have a deal for Redick as of last night’s game, however they are expected to work the deadline aggressively today which could change things for Redick and the Magic at 3pm EST.
– Steve Kyler