J.J. Redick could be on the move at the deadline.
It makes sense for the Magic, as Redick is in a contract year and may not re-sign with them. He is one of the best players on the current roster, and Orlando needs to get something for him before he walks.
One team he’s been linked to is the Philadelphia 76ers. Losing Jason Richardson to injury for the season gives the Sixers a clear need for depth at the shooting guard position.
To take on his contract, a deal may have to be struck with Evan Turner beforehand, because I can’t see a straight Turner-for-Redick deal. The Magic, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, seek no less than a first-round draft pick for Redick.
While that may be a steep price to pay, Redick’s numbers are at the highest of his career.
One of the bright spots on the Magic this year, Redick is averaging 15.4 points per game and 4.4 assists per game.
Redick could come in and make a strong impact off the bench or in a starting role alongside Jrue Holiday.
Once a player who didn’t seem like he could make it in the NBA, Redick turned into a premium shooter with tremendous value.
Redick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, is close with Sixers coach Terry Collins, who is the father of Duke assistant coach Chris Collins. Redick played at Duke from 2002-2006 and he credited Collins with helping him develop into more of a complete player.
Would J.J. Redick make the Sixers better?
His ability to shoot the three ball will get the fans behind him, and he has improved on defense during his NBA career.
There are many teams that have shown interest, so the Sixers are going to have to prove to the Magic they want Redick.
His value is the highest it has been in his career, and he could ignite the Sixers down the stretch.
If Andrew Bynum can come back this season, the duo could propel the Sixers into the eighth seed and sneak into the playoffs.
There’s not much time left to strike a deal as the deadline is Thursday, February 21 at 3 p.m. ET.
The Sixers need to look over their roster and decide whether or not Redick would make their team better. I think he would. They need a sharpshooter who can shift momentum.