JJ Redick has reportedly agreed to a new four-year contract with the Los Angeles Clippers after the team acquired the veteran shooting guard in a three-way deal reported by Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski:
Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler will go to the Suns, Jared Dudley and JJ Redick to the Clippers and 2 2nd-round picks to Bucks, sources tell Y— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 2, 2013
Wojnarowski also reported Redick's contract details:
Redick's four year, $27 million deal with Clippers will include a trade kicker, source tells Y! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 2, 2013
After being drafted by the Orlando Magic No. 13 overall in the 2006 draft, it didn't take long for critics to prematurely label Redick a bust.
In his first three seasons, he started just five games and averaged a minuscule 14.4 minutes per contest. But since then, he has improved every year, culminating in a career campaign in 2012-13.
Although his numbers dwindled after he was traded from the Magic to the Brandon Jennings-and- Monta Ellis-led Milwaukee Bucks at the trade deadline, Redick still averaged 14.1 points, 2.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 30.5 minutes with both teams.
Many think of the 28-year-old guard as purely an outside shooter, and while he is that (he is shooting 39.0 percent from long range and 88.1 percent from the free-throw line for his career), Redick is an underrated ball handler, playmaker and distributor.
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With Orlando this past season, he spent quite a bit of time running the point and averaged an impressive 4.4 assists compared to just 2.1 turnovers.
According to 82games.com, the Magic averaged 107.4 points per 100 possessions with Redick in the lineup and just 99.2 with him on the bench. In Milwaukee, he had a similar impact on the Bucks' offense (109.2 vs. 103.3).
Redick doesn't get a ton of notoriety in this league, but he's a valuable, versatile guard capable of affecting the game positively all over the court.