3 J.J. Redick Trades the Orlando Magic Should Be Pursuing

Peter EmerickSenior Writer IIFebruary 7, 2013

3 J.J. Redick Trades the Orlando Magic Should Be Pursuing

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    Now that Rudy Gay is off the trade block, the next hottest commodity is Orlando Magic's sharpshooter J.J. Redick.

    The Magic will certainly be looking for quite a bit of value in return for Redick, but they can't be too picky because Redick will be a free agent at the end of the 2012-13 season.

    That means he could leave the Magic without them getting any value in return. The Magic could also try to work out a long-term deal for the long-range specialist.

    With the Magic's track record in trades and free agency—ehem, Dwight Howard—their best interest is to just move Redick and continue to dive deep into the rebuilding process.

J.J. Redick to the Windy City

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    Chicago Bulls send (per ESPN.com) G Richard Hamilton, SF Vladimir Radmanovic, C Nazr Mohammed and 2013 first-round draft pick to Orlando Magic for SG J.J. Redick and SF DeQuan Jones.


    The Orlando Magic seem increasingly infatuated with dangling J.J. Redick's name in the trade market.

    It's not that the Magic don't need Redick's sharpshooting talents. They simply know they are in an absolutely awful rebuilding mode and could get more value from Redick in a trade than letting him walk at the end of the season.

    While the Bulls don't desperately need production on the perimeter, it's certainly an area in which they can improve.

    Richard Hamilton is averaging 11.1 points per game on 43.7 percent shooting, and while that's not terrible, he doesn't have that much fuel left in his tank.

    It may take more than this proposed trade to pull Redick away from Orlando, but the Bulls can certainly benefit from the fact that he can walk away from Orlando without giving them anything in return at the season's end.

    Just imagine the possibilities once Derrick Rose returns to the court if the Bulls had Redick's 15.3 points per game and 16.60 PER.

J.J. Redick to the Boston Celtics

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    Boston Celtics send (per ESPN.com) SG Courtney Lee, C Fab Melo and 2013 first-round draft pick to Orlando Magic for SG J.J. Redick.

     

    Courtney Lee hasn't really panned out in Boston like the Celtics had hoped. He's averaging just 7.4 points in 23.3 minutes per game, and his defense hasn't exactly been setting TD Garden on fire.

    Parting ways with Lee wouldn't be hard, but it also wouldn't be enough in and of itself to draw Redick away from Orlando.

    Throwing in Fab Melo and a mid-to-high first-round pick would be extremely enticing for the Magic, as it would give them some nice pieces to try and build around—which in reality is their true focus right now.

    Redick's shooting stroke and his ball-handling abilities would fit extremely well into the Celtics system, especially without Rajon Rondo on the court.

    Danny Ainge's future orientation would also benefit from bringing Redick in, assuming he can work out a long-term deal with the long-range specialist. He would be a nice piece to build around because he's the kind of player who can excel on his own and also fit well into a team's system.

    The Celtics should be willing to make a serious offer for Redick, because he could help save their 2012-13 season and create an exciting future for the franchise at the same time.

J.J. Redick to the Utah Jazz

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    Utah Jazz send (per ESPN.com) C Enes Kanter and 2013 Second-Round Draft Pick to Orlando Magic for J.J. Redick and 2014 Second-Round Draft Pick

     

    The Utah Jazz have a very good problem. They are just too deep in the frontcourt, with Al Jefferson, Enes Kanter, Derrick Favors and Paul Millsap.

    While they have difficult decisions to make this offseason with Jefferson and Millsap hitting free agency, the Jazz could make the situation easier for themselves by moving Kanter from the roster.

    Kanter has been playing well, averaging 6.3 points and 4.1 rebounds in 14.3 minutes of action. The only problem is that the Jazz just don't have enough minutes to give him to maximize his value and potential.

    With Derrick Favors bolstering the Jazz's frontcourt coming off the bench, for at least another year, the Jazz would be wise to move Kanter while his value is high--especially if it means getting a sharpshooter like J.J. Redick.

    Utah hasn't had elite production on the perimeter since Deron Williams was traded to the now Brooklyn Nets, and that lack of production is certainly something that hurts them in the Western Conference.

    Is Redick an "elite" scorer right now? No, he's not. But I chalk that up to the talent that is around him, instead of an inability to take his game to the next level himself.

    Averaging 15.3 points per game on 45.2 percent shooting from the field and 39.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc is impressive considering the players he's sharing the court with.

    The Magic could team Kanter with their own double-double machine, Nikola Vucevic, which would give them an interesting frontcourt and would let Vucevic roam outside of the paint a bit more than he currently can.