With the NBA Trade deadline of February 21 approaching, eyes have zeroed in on Orlando guard J.J. Redick as trade rumors continue to turn up about multiple teams’ interest in the shooter, who will become a free agent during the summer.
Another Twitter rumor comes from Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld, who says, “The Magic and Knicks have discussed a J.J. Redick for Iman Shumpert trade. Other players (and maybe a third team) would have to be involved.”
Earlier this month, Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld reported via Twitter, “Source says the Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls are among the team pursuing Orlando Magic guard J.J. Redick.” The Celtics were also mentioned among interested teams at the end of January, but such buzz has apparently cooled off.
Despite all the rumors, a few reporters are holding onto the belief that the Magic will not trade Redick before February 21. Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld maintains that Orlando will do nothing about Redick because “Most of what’s been offered to Orlando either doesn’t help them in the long-run or doesn’t help them achieve the goals of clearing out their salary cap.”
Orlando’s main goal is to rebuild. That means acquiring younger players and cheaper contracts.
Apparently, most of the reported possible trades are not in line with these goals with the exception of the one involving the young 22-year-old guard Iman Shumpert of the Knicks.
And, it appears that Orlando wants a lot for Redick. Mark Stein of ESPN claims, “Orlando, meanwhile, continues to seek no less than a first-round pick for sharpshooter J.J. Redick.”
Furthermore, Fox Sports Ohio recently reported, “sources say conversations involving Redick have all but disappeared after he indicated he wants to stay with the Magic.”
As it stands, the Magic haven’t found the perfect deal that will make them give up Redick, who is currently averaging 15.3 points per game.
As long as Redick wants to stay in Orlando and the Magic remain unsatisfied by conversations about the guard, he will probably stay put.