Ranking the Best Potential Trade Destinations for J.J. Redick
We're getting to the point in the NBA season where we start hearing trade rumors every other day, and we're getting wind of yet another one as the teams start to look to the Orlando Magic to gauge their price on J.J. Redick.
Of course, most teams won't dare do anything until January at the soonest, but that's not going to stop teams from looking for the best way to improve their team as soon as possible.
According to Ric Bucher, a handful of teams have given Orlando a call, and all of them are teams hoping to make noise in the playoffs:
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. As of right now, the potential suitors aren't anywhere near making their best offer. The likeliest trade partners: Chicago, Memphis, Minnesota, Milwaukee, Utah.
On the surface, it's obvious which teams are getting on the phone and asking about Redick—the ones that can't shoot threes to save their lives.
Redick will definitely add some three-point shooting to whichever team picks him up, but he's also become a better ball-handler and is adept at running a game from time to time.
Let's take a look at which teams have the best chance of landing Redick.
6. Denver Nuggets
One team Ric Bucher didn't list as going after Redick that seems like a perfect fit is the Denver Nuggets.
Denver is hoping to continue to run a high-powered offense, but they haven't been able to knock down three-pointers at a good enough pace to really put up huge offensive numbers.
J.J. Redick could give them some help in that department.
In reality, Redick was born to play in an up-tempo offense. He's not necessarily fast, but he plays with a sound mind, and he can hit shots consistently enough and pass just about as well as any other perimeter player out there.
Redick could come in and hit shots, or he could help in distributing the ball around. The hardest part would be finding the right trade to put together to get him there.
5. Memphis Grizzlies
It seems like J.J. Redick is not the kind of guy who would fit in well with the defensive juggernaut that is the Memphis Grizzlies, but that's all based on an unearned reputation.
Redick is no Tony Allen on the perimeter, sure. However, he's nowhere near the defensive liability that kept him from getting big minutes as a young fellow in the beginning of his career.
He can come in off the bench and be the team's three-point specialist, and he won't even give them that big of a downgrade defensively.
So long as the three-balls keep falling, he would immediately help this Grizzlies team, which is already a pretty good three-point shooting team.
Memphis could probably wrench him free if they offered up Tony Wroten or a draft pick, and it would make them that much better.
4. Utah Jazz
It seems like the Utah Jazz are going to be reaching out with a handful of teams to gauge the interest of the league based on their two big men, one of whom they're looking to move.
Obviously, the Jazz would want something more than J.J. Redick for either Al Jefferson or Paul Millsap, but he would be a nice starting point for them to work out a deal.
Redick would bring that mix of offense and defense that Utah seems to have a nice balance between at this point, and he would be able to work his way into a ball-handling role as well.
It makes sense that Utah would have a pretty good shot at going after Redick, especially since they have pieces that are definitely going to be on the move by the time the trade deadline rolls around.
3. Chicago Bulls
The Chicago Bulls have an old injured man as their starting shooting guard, so it would only make sense that they would be looking for someone to replace him.
Chicago is one of the worst three-point shooting teams in the NBA, making just 33 percent of their three-pointers so far.
Add in his ability to take some of the ball-handling duties away from Nate Robinson, and he looks like one of the most intriguing trade options for Chicago.
Rip Hamilton has an expiring contract, so he's going to be an easy player to move if they so choose, but they would definitely have to include something else in that deal. They can get salary cap relief just by letting Redick's contract expire at the end of this season.
Chicago could probably sweeten the deal by throwing in a draft pick, and they'd be able to add Redick to an already dangerous playoff team.
2. Milwaukee Bucks
The Milwaukee Bucks seem to have a desire to make the playoffs, and they've got a bunch of players in their lineup whom they could trade if they so choose.
Milwaukee has a big expiring contract in Beno Udrih, a few intriguing young'uns in Doron Lamb and John Henson and Samuel Dalembert's expiring contract to trade if they decide to make a move.
For the Bucks, Redick gives them a reliable three-point shooter, of which they have just Mike Dunleavy, and someone to help them on the defensive end.
At the very least, Redick can take their team's third-worst three-point percentage and get it into the top-20.
1. Minnesota Timberwolves
Not only are the Minnesota Timberwolves determined to make Kevin Love happy enough to want to stay in Minnesota past the life of his contract, but they're on a seemingly never-ending quest to find a wing player who isn't completely useless on one end of the floor or the other.
Redick is just that.
He's going to be able to hit three-pointers, and he's not going to completely fall apart on defense. Basically, he's everything David Kahn has ever dreamed of.
If Orlando wants to match contracts, it likely means they're going to have to trade either J.J. Barea or Luke Ridnour, plus a draft pick.
That's not too steep a price to pay for a shooter who can be one of the seven best players on a playoff team.