JJ Redick: Examining How Sharpshooter Would Fit with Potential New Teams
While there likely won't be a lot of big names that are moved before the Feb. 21 trade deadline this season in the NBA, Orlando Magic sharpshooter J.J. Redick has garnered heavy interest throughout the Association.
The seventh-year guard is shooting 45 percent from the floor and 39 percent from downtown this season while becoming an even better passer (4.4 assists per game).
Numerous teams are rumored to be interested in the 6'4", 190-pounder, but it likely won't be cheap. Let's take a look at how Redick would fit into his potential new homes.
Memphis is tied for 23rd in the league in three-point percentage. Point guard Mike Conley and bench player Quincy Pondexter are the only Grizzlies averaging over 20 minutes who are legitimate threats from beyond the arc.
Redick could either slide into Tony Allen's starting shooting guard spot or be used as a weapon off the bench.
If everything went through, Redick would presumptively move into the starting spot at shooting guard for Milwaukee alongside point guard Brandon Jennings. This deal would only make sense if the Bucks received a reasonable return for Ellis.
Indiana is not only tied for 19th in three-point percentage this season; the club ranks 28th in points per game. Redick would be a solid piece to add, giving the Pacers a weapon off the bench that could potentially distance them from other teams in ballgames.
The Pacers already have a strong defense. If they can add some offense without giving up too much, that would be ideal.
On the other hand, with shooting guard Richard Hamilton potentially on his way out, Redick could fight for playing time with Belinelli at the 2 spot. That would give the Bulls the option to ride the hot hand.
Still, I don't ultimately like Redick that much with the Bulls, given his troubles defending historically. I think Tom Thibodeau would rather add someone at shooting guard who can defend if Chicago trades Hamilton.
Who's the best fit for J.J. Redick?
J.J. Barea and Mickael Gelabale are the only players who have shot the three-ball at a reasonable clip (35 percent and 42 percent, respectively). The swing players that get decent minutes on Minnesota can't hit the broad side of a barn when it comes to three-point shooting.
The question for the developing Timberwolves is: Do they give up a high draft pick for Redick? Marc Stein of ESPN.com reported on Tuesday that the Magic would accept "no less than a first-round pick" for the sharpshooter.
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