Lance Allen of NBC Milwaukee tweeted that the Milwaukee Bucks are unwilling to give up their first round pick in this year’s draft, which all but squashes any potential of a trade involving the Orlando Magic’s J.J. Redick:
— Lance Allan (@lanceallan) February 20, 2013
With earlier reports that the Bucks were making Brandon Jennings, Larry Sanders and John Henson available, it only further begs the question: “What is Milwaukee wiling to give up at this year’s trade deadline?”
The Bucks had been reported to have been coveting Redick all season, but just haven’t come hard enough to acquire a player Rob Hennigan’s hand is not forced into trading. Redick is not a locker room disruption and while it wouldn’t be ideal to have him walk at season’s end without trade compensation, Hennigan isn’t going to make any deal that doesn’t improve the Magic long-term.
He balked at John Hammond’s offer of Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, due to Moute’s $4.9 million contract.
Hennigan wants young talent on a rookie contract and picks, not players like Moute whose scoring abilities make them liabilities on the offensive end. Moute offers good value as a lock down defender, but that’s a costly redundancy given that Hennigan is thinking he already has such a player in Maurice Harkless.
The Magic will have other partners to engage in trade talks with since John Hammond isn’t willing to spend what it takes to acquire Redick’s services. Apparently, the GM is unaware what the going price is for a 2-guard who averages over 15 points and four assists per game. Like many a fantasy basketball owner, Hammond wants to obtain a lot without giving much up, and that just doesn’t happen.