J.J. Redick is a $6 million expiring contract and a valuable commodity because Redick is the kind of talent who could mesh seamlessly with many teams in a mid-season transition. He has an extremely high basketball IQ, is very adaptable and an excellent facilitator who is averaging a career high 4.4 assists per game this season.
“with Rudy Gay off the board, most teams cite (Redick) when asked to name a player who will be dealt between now and the deadline.”
Redick brings a lot of valuable traits to the court and teams are lining up for his services. Ric Bucher reported via Sulia that Chicago, Memphis, Minnesota, Milwaukee and Utah were all interested. Many Magic fans recall that the Bulls tendered an offer to Redick when he was a restricted free agent but then-GM Otis Smith matched it.
Most importantly, Redick spreads the floor and is now actually an above-average defender, despite the claim from pundits (many of whom don’t really watch Redick play) that he still can’t defend.
Credit Stan Van Gundy for J.J. Redick being such a hot commodity. Van Gundy stressed defense to the Duke sharpshooter early in his career and Redick learned from watching what defenders did when he was on the offensive end. It seems those two-guards who spend the most time running around screens offensively also chase around screens the best. Rip Hamilton would be the case point of this, as well as Reggie Miller.
That said, Redick did an excellent job against Ray Allen in the playoffs in the two match ups against the Boston Celtics in 2009 and 2010.
The Magic will hope to get young talent on a rookie contract and/or picks for Redick’s services, but teams that acquire his services will likely want some kind of assurance from Redick that he while re-sign in the summer.