NBA Trade Rumors: Celtics Need to Pull Trigger on Sharpshooting Redick

Jonathan IrwinContributor IIJanuary 26, 2013

PHOENIX, AZ - DECEMBER 09:  J.J. Redick #7 of the Orlando Magic puts up a three point shot against the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game at US Airways Center on December 9, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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With the trade deadline looming, the NBA is swirling with rumors. And with abysmal shooting stats on the season, it seems the Boston Celtics are looking to make a change.

Matt Moore of CBS Sports reported this week that the Celtics are actively pursuing Orlando Magic shooting guard J.J. Redick. Word is that the C's actually "covet" the shooter.

Redick is in his sixth season in the NBA and averaging 14.9 points per game in 2012/13. He's shooting 45.8 percent from the field, and 39.8 percent on threes.

While his defensive stats aren't anything amazing (2.3 rebounds, 0.5 steals, 0.1 blocks per game), he's grown into one of the league's better defenders.

After losing Ray Allen to the Heat in the offseason, Boston has yet to find a way to get its offense going again.

The Celtic's 45.8 percent shooting is sixth in the NBA, but they're 23rd in the league in points per game (94.6).

The three-point game has been tough to come by. Boston is averaging just 16.2 shots per game from beyond the arc, and it's hitting only 33.4 percent of those.

The team seemed to hit rock bottom in its most recent loss to the Knicks, shooting 40.8 percent on the night. The team was an abysmal 7-32 from beyond 15 feet.

While Redick is no Ray Allen, he's a good start in the right direction.

At 28 years old, Redick would be a needed dose of youth and experience into the Celtic's lineup.

He has the defensive ability to work well in Doc River's system, while providing the shooting abilities the C's are desperately lacking.

The biggest issue in a trade will be the moving pieces on Boston's side.

One possible avenue is spinning something with Paul Pierce involved. The 35-year-old has seen inconsistencies on the season, and has an expiring contract after the 2013/14 season.

However, as a lifetime Celtic—and the current team's leading scorer—Boston's loyalty is too strong to let Pierce go.

The Celtic's most enticing trade pieces are rookie forward Jared Sullinger and second year guard Avery Bradley. Boston covets both players, and could be cautious in dealing one of them.

But giving up a young piece might be the best way for Boston to go. The Celtics—who are now two games below .500—have to do something if they hope to remain in the playoff hunt.

As it stands, J.J. Redick is the best candidate to be that something.