JJ Redick Should Be Begging for a Trade to Chicago Bulls
When the 2013 NBA trade deadline rolls around, the Orlando Magic will be in familiar territory. For the umpteenth consecutive season, the best player on their team will be involved in countless trade rumors.
Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld.com reported recently that two central division foes are vying for Redick's services. One of those teams just so happens to be the Bulls.
The other is the Indiana Pacers.
Source says the Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls are among the teams pursuing Orlando Magic guard J.J. Redick.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) February 10, 2013
Ideally, Redick would end up in Chicago.
The Pacers may benefit from Redick's arrival, but it's hard to imagine the former Duke Blue Devil sharing the pleasure. Not only are the Pacers rather deep along the perimeter, but they're expecting the return of their star scorer.
With that, it's difficult to imagine Redick fitting into Indiana's perimeter. This becomes especially questionable with Lance Stephenson's recent emergence as a reliable option at the 2.
As for Chicago, they need Redick. Need him.
Chicago Needs Shooters—Desperately
Thus far in 2012-13, the Chicago Bulls rank 21st in three-point field-goal percentage. They also rank 29th in three-point field goals made per game at just 4.8.
If that's not needing a jump shooter, what is?
Fortunately, J.J. Redick would be able to step in and contribute from the opening tip. He's a career 40.0 percent three-point shooter and is hitting 40.1 percent in 2012-13.
Best of all, Redick is averaging 2.4 three-point field goals made per game—exactly half of what Chicago is converting as a team.
Although he's struggled in the playoffs, Redick does have 44 games of postseason experience. Redick also appeared in the 2009 NBA Finals, shooting 45.5 percent from beyond the arc during that time.
A sharpshooter with postseason experience is exactly what Chicago has been looking for.
Furthermore, Redick has never had a player as sound at penetrating and dishing as Derrick Rose. This is no knock on Jameer Nelson or Hedo Turkoglu, but instead an acknowledgement of Rose's caliber.
We all know that Rose has needed a smooth-shooting wing, so why not allow Redick to try his hand?
As for those who are concerned with Redick's supposedly one-dimensional play, don't be. Redick is averaging a career-high 4.4 assists in 2012-13.
That would rank fourth on the Bulls and first among Chicago shooting guards.
J.J Redick Deserves a Fresh Start
J.J. Redick is currently in his seventh NBA season. He's spent all of those years with the Orlando Magic and has made a postseason appearances in each season, as well as one trip to the NBA Finals.
Unfortunately, Orlando is now 15-36, without a star and entering a rebuilding process—in other words, Redick needs and deserves a fresh start.
One can only imagine that the sharpshooter will bask in the glory of being dealt to a title contender. After making the postseason in each of his first six years, it'd be foreign territory to miss out—especially after such a decorated NCAA career in which Redick was named the 2006 National Player of the Year.
Expect to see Redick give his all to whichever franchise he ends up with. Should it be the defensive-minded Chicago Bulls, we can liken Redick's success under Stan Van Gundy to what he would experience with Tom Thibodeau.
The only real question is: When will the Bulls and Magic acknowledge what Redick deserves and pull the trigger?
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