When the Milwaukee Bucks traded for J.J. Redick they picked up a great three-point shooter, a solid ball-handler and a guy who really loved the team he used to play for.
Before the trade deadline came and went Redick made his feelings about Orlando known, telling anybody who would listen that he didn't want to leave the Magic, preferring to stick out their low spot until they get back on top.
He was ready to stick around and was happy with the way the team was being rebuilt, according to the Orlando Sentinel:
"Chelsea (J.J's wife) and I, we love it here." He said he's committed to Orlando "as long as we're going the way we're going," meaning taking the steps necessary to contend.
Redick was eventually traded with Gustavo Ayon and Ish Smith for Tobias Harris, Doron Lamb and Beno Udrih.
When asked about his feelings upon hearing about the trade, Redick was very candid about how he reacted:
It's definitely a sad day for me but I'm a positive person and I look at the good in every situation. I'm ready for the next phase of my life and next phase of my career, but definitely a sense of sadness as I head to the Orlando airport right now.
When he was asked about whether or not he cried, he opened right up:
Oh absolutely. Getting on the plane yesterday to say goodbye to everyone, especially Jameer (Nelson) and Joe Rogowski, our strength coach, who have been here the whole time with me and even saying goodbye to Kyle, who I have grown close with this year, rookie Kyle O'Quinn, it was emotional. Also Chelsea and I have our own set of emotions as a married couple. It was an emotional day.
It's good to see players have that kind of commitment to their old team, but at the same time it reminds us of the business that professional basketball is.