The Indiana Pacers started off the season sluggishly, but have now found their way to the third best record in the Eastern Conference.
Danny Granger's return is just around the corner, but he probably won't immediately push this Pacers team into title contention. The team is still missing a key piece to the puzzle, and J.J. Redick is the type of player that they need to advance to the next level.
According to Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld, he stated that the Pacers and Chicago Bulls are two teams that are trying to acquire Redick. It's no surprise, as both squads could certainly use his services to fill in the holes on their respective teams.
The Pacers are 19th in the league in three-point shooting percentage, standing at a mediocre 34.8 percent (per Team Rankings). On top of that, they're 25th in the league in effective field goal percentage with 47 percent, and 28th in two-point field goal percentage with a dismal 45.4 percent.
Redick's skill set will vastly improve the shooting and scoring efficiency of the Pacers. This season, he's putting up career highs in points (15.5), assists (4.5) and field goal percentage (45.7). He's also hitting his threes at a respectable 40 percent slip thus far, which would definitely help the Pacers' shooting woes.
Redick also registers a considerable 60.2 true shooting percentage and 56.2 percent effective field goal percentage, both of which blow the team's averages out of the water.
It might seem redundant to trade for Redick when Granger's return will probably boost the offense and shooting efficiency as well, but Redick could play a valuable sixth-man role and add much-needed depth to an already well-constructed roster.
Boosting the bench
Nobody on the Pacers bench averages more than 6.7 points per game, and Redick has proven to be an excellent sixth-man throughout his career.
The Pacers are ranked 24th in the league in bench scoring with a minus 2.4 point differential against opposing benches (per Hoops Stats). If the trade for Redick does not include Granger, then Redick would probably be relegated to a bench role.
He can be a spark off the bench and provide instant offense for a team that desperately needs some.
Redick is also a capable playmaker, and his 4.5 assists per game this season further illustrates his ability to create and find the open man.
The Pacers are 26th in the league in assists per game as a team, with only 20.1, so the addition of Redick would also help the ball move more so the offense won't stagnate.
Redick can play a similar role as to what James Harden did last year for the Oklahoma City Thunder. He possesses a versatile offensive game with the ability to shoot, draw the defense and create plays for his teammates.
Having a player of Redick's caliber would unquestionably make this team better. If the Pacers want to make a long playoff run, Redick would be a perfect fit and he should be the number one priority for the organization before the trade deadline.
The Pacers could try packaging a deal surrounding Tyler Hansbrough and D.J. Augustin in exchange for Redick. Augustin could provide solid minutes off the bench for Jameer Nelson, while Hansbrough would give the Orlando Magic some toughness and grit down low.
However, the Pacers could also make a bigger deal, which includes Granger in the mix. Even though the Pacers have been doing fine without him, Granger is still a potent scorer who would only elevate this team, so it's hard to see him get dealt for a few expiring contracts and mediocre players from the Magic.