The seventh-year shooting guard received 17 minutes of playing time in Game 3 against the Miami Heat on Thursday. When asked what he thought about coach Jim Boylan reportedly telling him to stay confident, he said, via the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:
Jim never talked to me. He didn't say anything to me. I haven't spoken to him during the playoffs. I did not get that message.
I don't need anybody telling me to be confident. I would have appreciated it.
Redick did magically receive 28 minutes of playing time in Game 4 after his quote, but the writing may already be on the wall after the Bucks were swept by the Heat in the first round of the playoffs.
Gery Woelfel of the Journal Times tweeted in mid-March:
Some NBA officials say the Bucks have verbally made J.J. Redick a 5-yr, $40 offer... Similar to Ilyasova's contract.— Gery Woelfel (@GeryWoelfel) March 15, 2013
On the other hand, the fact that Redick hasn't agreed on such a reported sum speaks volumes. I'm sure he wants to make some money this offseason, but perhaps it's not just about money for him. Turning down such an offer is quite the display of restraint.
Redick—who is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason—figures to draw heavy demand if he hits the open market. He shot 37 percent from beyond the arc this season, relatively in line with his career average of 39 percent shooting.
At this point, it's hard to imagine the Bucks keeping the sharpshooter, which would be particularly disappointing considering they gave up youngsters Tobias Harris and Doron Lamb, as well as veteran guard Beno Udrih, in the trade to acquire Redick in February. In case you wondering, Harris blossomed after joining the Orlando Magic, averaging 17.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks while shooting 45 percent from the floor. Lamb shot 48 percent from downtown in 24 games with the Magic.
Will the Bucks end up losing J.J. Redick?
Something to keep in mind, though: Point guard Brandon Jennings is a restricted free agent this summer, and shooting guard Monta Ellis has a player option to return to Milwaukee. If one of these players leaves in the offseason, that opens up a spot in the starting lineup for Redick. That could make it more likely that Redick returns to the Bucks, provided they throw enough money his way.
One thing's for sure: It's going to be a harrowing offseason for the Bucks, fresh off getting swept in the first round of the playoffs.