Bulls Rumors: Magic Sharpshooter JJ Redick Is a Poor Fit in Chicago
The Chicago Bulls need outside shooters. They are tied for 23rd in the league in three-point percentage. That's why Redick appears to be a good get on the surface. He's shooting 39 percent from downtown this season, fairly concurrent with his career mark of 40 percent.
But Redick's man-to-man defense (or lack thereof) would stick out like a sore thumb on Tom Thibodeau's squad. Plus, he would cost a pretty penny (the Magic are asking for "no less than a first-round pick," according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com).
While defensive rating is not always the greatest barometer of a player's defensive abilities, Redick's defensive rating truly highlights his greatest weakness. Redick has a defensive rating of 112 this season, according to Basketball-Reference.com. Only 22 players in the NBA have worse defensive ratings—ranging from players who have appeared in one game to players who have appeared in 53 games.
Would J.J. Redick be a good fit with the Bulls?
The Bulls are considering dealing Richard Hamilton. In that sense, a trade for Redick would make more sense (to add depth). But it still wouldn't make a whole lot of sense. It's better to find a sharpshooter who can at least play decent defense in Thibodeau's system.
There's a reason Redick's probable asking price of four years, $40 million in free agency next summer won't hold water: He simply doesn't offer much beyond his shooting ability, particularly on the defensive side of the ball.
Beyond that, why would the Bulls offer a first-round pick for a rental, especially with uncertainty surrounding Derrick Rose's return this season?
Not only would Redick be a bad fit in Chicago, it doesn't make sense for the Bulls to give up so much for him. Bulls fans better hope the club was simply inquiring about the seventh-year guard.
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