In the NBA very little is certain. Players know they can be dealt at any time.
As J.J. Redick told the Orlando Sentinel:
Every year you think about it going into the trade deadline. No different this year. Certainly, with the expiring contract and all that jazz there’s a little bit more scuttlebutt. It’s going to be lingering over my head until the deadline passes.
That deadline is fast approaching with less than a week before the Feb. 21 trade deadline.
The Magic have told their players that they’re not looking to deal any of them, but also gave the disclaimer that they will listen to all offers that could improve the team long-term.
Jameer Nelson took the same approach as many players, basically saying it is out of his hands and there’s nothing he can do. He laconically stated, “I can’t do anything about it, so why worry?”
That attitude is admirable, if you believe it. Players hear the same chatter we do, whether they want to or not, and that undoubtedly affects their mindset both on and off the court.
With Redick in particular, so many teams are interested, he has to have wondered every game over the past three or four weeks if he could even potentially end up on the opposing team that night.
Josh McRoberts isn’t quite the same trade chip Redick is, or even Nelson, but he’s been traded twice already in his NBA career, and when he said “It doesn’t weigh on me,” it’s a far more credible statement to swallow. McRoberts has no particular affinity to the Magic or city of Orlando; or at least, not the same way Redick does, who has spent his entire career in a Magic uniform.
With the deadline approaching, anything could happen, and while it’s no certain anyone—even Redick—will be dealt, it has to be weighing on the minds of most Magic players, with McRoberts being a notable exception.
We’ll see what happens in the next few days as Magic GM Rob Hennigan fields offers from those interested, but (at least according to him) makes little effort to shop his players.