We’d speculated on Presto as to what J.J. Redick could and should command in the open market this summer, and now Redick himself has stipulated what kind of salary he’ll be seeking this summer. Sources told Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski that Redick’s agent Art Tellem will start the bidding at four years, $40 million.
That is a nice pay bump from the $6.75 million Redick is being paid this season, but the Duke legend has earned the pay increase. He’s posting a career high 15.2 points per game this season, while also dishing out a career high 4.4 assists per game.
He’s more than just a spot up shooter at this juncture in his career, but a guy who can put the ball on the floor and create for himself and others.
And he’s an above average defender for a shooting guard, having learned the finer arts of pick chasing from forcing his defenders to do so much of it on the offensive end. Like Reggie Miller, like Ray Allen, Redick’s offensive tricks have taught him how to be a better defender, and Stan Van Gundy preached defense to Redick throughout his tenure as the Magic’s head coach.
Redick has stated his desires to remain in central Florida, where he’s spent his entire career. He’s a fan favorite in the city, and both he and his wife love life in sunny Florida.
The Magic have treated Redick well and he’s willing to be loyal the organization. But as good as that all sounds, he is a man with demands and he’ll command a hefty chunk this summer from a team willing to pay it.
Woj further reported that teams have told Yahoo! Sports Redick is worth far closer to what he is currently being paid and figure he’ll receive about $7 million per season. He also said teams are hesitant to give up a first round pick to obtain Redick as a half-season rental before he tests the waters as a free agent.
Redick is posting the seventh highest PER among NBA shooting guards, and is playing considerably better than a number of players with far heftier price tags (see: Joe Johnson and Eric Gordon).
Accordingly, the Magic may hang on to Redick and just keep him for their own future.
But chances are if they’re able to obtain the first round pick they want and an expiring deal, Rob Hennigan will likely pull the trigger. The Milwaukee Bucks have been tough customers, but as many as four other teams (Indiana, Milwaukee, Chicago, Minnesota) have been linked to Redick, so let the bidding begin as we close in on Thursday’s 3 PM EST trade deadline in 14 hours from now.