Orlando Magic News & Notes: Nuggets “Wooing” Melo, J.J. Didn’t Think He’d Stay

Orlando Magic guard J.J. Redick reacts after making a three point shot in the first quarter against the Boston Celtics during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball series in Orlando, Florida May 18, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Kolczynski (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

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J.J. Redick didn’t expect to remain with the Orlando Magic.

Dime: You also signed with the Chicago Bulls as a restricted free agent before Orlando matched to the offer to bring you back. Did you always expect to be back with the Magic?

JJ: I did expect to ultimately be back in Orlando going into free agency. But, you know Chicago, the way they structured the deal, it was front-loaded so I wasn’t sure. And I told my wife this and I told my family this, going into free agency, that if there was a situation where a team made a good offer and it was a winning team, then it was a no-brainer. Because if I went to that team then I was going to be in a great situation and if Orlando matched, then I was going to return to a great situation too. Chicago, you know was a no-brainer. And I was excited about the opportunity to possibly start for them, but you know I can’t complain. I mean Orlando’s a great situation; we’ve had a lot of success the last three years and I think our guys are hungry for another chance to make a run at the Finals.

Jack Jensen of Dime Magazine has that story and a Q&A with Redick here.

Eddy Rivera of Magic Basketball explains Orlando’s 2/5 pick-and-roll here.

Josh Kroenke, an Denver executive and the son of Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke spent the weekend in Baltimore trying to woo Carmelo Anthony, who has been mentioned as a potential Magic target. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports has that story here.

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Topics: Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets, Dwight Howard, J.j. Redick, Orlando Magic, Vince Carter

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