NBA Trade Rumors: Holding on to J.J. Redick Is Best Move for Orlando's Future

Maxwell Ogden@MaxwellOgdenCorrespondent IIIFebruary 21, 2013

January 27, 2013; Orlando FL, USA; Orlando Magic shooting guard J.J. Redick (7) reacts after he made a basket against the Detroit Pistons during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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With less than 24 hours remaining before the 2013 NBA trade deadline, one of the players most commonly mentioned in trade rumors is J.J. Redick of the Orlando Magic. This time around, Orlando's star player isn't requesting a trade.

For the sake of Magic's future, Redick must remain in Orlando through the trade deadline.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Magic are in discussions for a trade that is centered around Redick. With that being said, there is reason to believe that Orlando will hold on to the sharpshooter.

What they intend to do is unclear at this stage.

Yet another chapter in the never-ending saga of Orlando Magic trade rumors.

Ken Berger of CBS Sports reports that the Milwaukee Bucks had extended an offer to the Magic for Redick. The deal proposed would see Milwaukee ship Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and a first-round draft choice to Orlando.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers and Minnesota Timberwolves are also interested in acquiring Redick.

With that being said, it appears as if no deal is imminent. Redick played 27 minutes on Wednesday, which put his health at risk.

In other words, Orlando has yet to find a deal worth accepting.


Building from the Inside-Out

No one in the NBA will debate that the Orlando Magic are in the early stages of a rebuilding process. Not only did they trade Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers, but they dealt Jason Richardson to the Philadelphia 76ers.

With their first significant moves, they acquired center Nikola Vucevic and drafted power forward Andrew Nicholson.

This displayed Orlando's intentions of building their team from the interior outward. In order to do so successfully, there is one thing that the Magic need.

Floor-spacing shooters—something that J.J. Redick has proven to be.

For the season, Redick is averaging 15.2 points on 39.3 percent shooting from beyond the arc. For his career, Redick is a 39.8 percent three-point shooter.

In other words, Redick is exactly what Orlando needs to properly progress.

Vucevic is already performing at a high level, averaging 12.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. Nicholson, meanwhile, is averaging 26.4 minutes over his past eight games.

Before he was injured, Glen Davis was averaging 15.1 points and 7.2 rebounds—he was at his best when Redick was firing from outside.

The Magic players would all be better with Redick shooting the lights out.


Veteran Presence on a Young Team

As the Orlando Magic load up on prospects and build their team with promising youth, there will be one common theme that we cannot deny. Without a veteran presence to guide the young players, the learning curve will be steep.

That's exactly why it is imperative for Orlando to keep Redick at the trade deadline.

Redick has six years of NBA experience, all of which have come with the Orlando Magic. In that time, he's played 395 regular-season games and 44 postseason games.

That includes 2009, when Redick helped key a run to the NBA Finals.

What this proves is that Redick is familiar with the organization and experienced enough to mentor younger players. For a team that is likely to take a perimeter player in the 2013 NBA draft, Redick's presence could be the key to their progression.

Even if it does cost Orlando a pretty penny.