NBA Trade Rumors and Speculation: Potential Deal with Milwaukee Bucks for Orlando Magic Guard J.J. Redick

Feb 2, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Orlando Magic guard J.J. Redick (7) during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Bucks won 107-98. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Marc Stein of ESPN tweeted that the Milwaukee Bucks are making a move to acquire Orlando Magic 2-guard J.J. Redick.

 

Redick had been initially tied to the Bucks in an earlier report by Ric Bucher on Sulia, but Stein’s latest report confirms persisting interest in Redick.

Stein further reported what the Magic want in exchange for Redick’s services:

 

One trade that would perform this function is the following:

Orlando sends:  J.J. Redick

Milwaukee sends:  Mike Dunleavy ($3.75 million expiring contract), No. 14 overall 2012 first-round pick John Henson of UNC and a conditional future first round pick

The Bucks would likely seek to lottery protect the pick, but it’s doubtful Orlando Magic GM Rob Hennigan would allow Bucks GM John Hammond to stipulate that.  The Magic know they have a great piece in Redick, and should be able to get a nice package in return.  Hennigan and GMs realize Milwaukee is a fringe playoff team, but with Monta Ellis possibly departing as a free agent, the forecast in Brew Town is hazy.

The Magic would be glad to acquire Henson to back-up Nikola Vucevic.  Henson is a great shot blocker and exceptional athlete who has shown a lot of signs this season for the Bucks.  He had a monster game against Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat on Nov. 21 when he scored 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting while grabbing 18 boards (10 of which were offensive).

Henson also has posted beastly per-36 numbers of 16.9 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks.  At 6’11″ 220, Henson needs to hit the weight room, but he’s just 22 and could be a long-term rotation player for the Magic.

Dunleavy’s $3.75 million would come off the books and allow the Magic to stay flexible under the cap moving forward.

The deal makes a lot of sense considering what Hennigan wants, the only question is whether Bucks’ GM John Hammond feels the deal is favorable to obtain the 2-guard that the Bucks need to spread the floor.  The Bucks need to know Redick will re-sign though, and Milwaukee isn’t exactly the premier place for free agents to head.

Topics: J.j. Redick, John Henson, Mike Dunleavy, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA Trade Rumors, NBA Trade Speculation, Orlando Magic

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