Everybody wants J.J. Redick. He is one of the league's best shooters, a high-level defensive player and a consummate professional. His contract also expires at the end of the year.
If the Orlando Magic don't think he will re-sign to play for a rebuilding team mired in salary-cap constraints, they would be wise to move him now to get something in return before he walks away for nothing.
According to Steve Kyler of Hoopsworld, they are trying.
Sources close to the situation said recently that Orlando has been involved in virtually every trade scenario out there and that Assistant GM Scott Perry has been aggressive in looking at everything that is possible.
The Magic did have some discussions with the Memphis Grizzlies regarding Rudy Gay, but ultimately bowed out due to Gay’s massive contract (two more years and $37.1 million) and a belief that he isn’t necessarily a good fit in Orlando.
The Magic have made it clear that they would entertain offers for almost anyone on the roster, which is exactly what a 14-win team should do that’s lacking a proven, go-to player.
Kyler also notes that the Magic have a lot of options since they have a lot whole war chest of assets that GMs around the league covet.
The team has a traded-player exception that will allow it to take on up to $18 million in extra salary, Redick and Josh McRoberts both have expiring deals, and young players like Nikola Vucevic and Moe Harkless are performing well. And after the Dwight Howard trade, Orlando has, as Kyler puts it, "a drawer full of draft picks."
With both the motivation and the assets to improve now, it seems certain that they will make a trade.
The only questions are when and how big it will be.