Ric Bucher reported via Sulia that there were four teams interested in J.J. Redick as of about a month ago: Chicago, Memphis, Minnesota, Milwaukee and Utah.
It’s worthwhile to speculate where Redick could go, and for whom he could be dealt. Redick’s $6.75 million expiring contract holds a lot of value, most especially because Redick comes with it. He’s having his best NBA career so far and is shelling out 4.4 assists per game in addition to his 15.3 points per game.
Let’s look at a trade scenario involving the first of the five teams Bucher said were interested in the Duke legend’s services.
This trade has not been reported, but is pure speculation. The only thing that has been reported is that the Bulls are interested in a player they already made a run at as a restricted free agent several summers ago.
Orlando Trades: Aaron Afflalo and J.J. Redick
Chicago Trades: Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler, Kirk Hinrich, Rip Hamilton, Vlad Radmanovic and Nazr Mohammed.
The Magic have not been reported to be shopping both their shooting guards, so in some senses this move runs counter intuitive to logic.
But that’s where the Bulls package comes in, and the great prospect that Jimmy Butler is could be enticing enough to pull the trigger and go with Butler at the two for the Magic moving forward.
Butler was drafted No. 30 overall in 2011, but has proven himself to be a great defensive stopper and is scoring far better than most projected he would be able to. He’s considered to have high value to NBA GMs, and has been playing phenomenally in Chicago’s recent surge up the Eastern Conference Standings.
Taj Gibson would become the Magic’s starting power forward ahead of both Glen Davis and Andrew Nicholson. Gibson is undersized for an NBA 4-man but is very quick and great defensively. Tom Thibodeau has even experimented with Gibson at center some this year, so it’s clear to say he plays well bigger than his 6’8″ stature.
Kirk Hinrich would be a third guard for Orlando behind Nelson and Butler, while Rip Hamilton would back up that trio and round out a nice Orlando backcourt.
Vlad Radmanovic and Nazr Mohammed would both be waived, and are just salary filler in this trade.