Sam Amick of USA Today reports that the rumored offer already reported here on Presto involving Luc Richard Mbah a Moute will not happen. Amick says Rob Hennigan is seeking a better contract than Moute’s two-year $8.97 million remaining on his current deal.
There is still uncertainty as to what Redick’s eventual market value is this summer, which will play a role in determining if the Magic ultimately just decide to hang onto him. He’s having a career year and is still just 28, but if he commands up to $10 million this summer, Hennigan may not be able to match that steep price.
Milwaukee wants similar assurances that Redick will play in a Bucks uniform beyond this season, and that’s always an issue when trading for guys on expiring deals. Amick also reported, though, that the Magic may have interest in shot blocking forward Ekpe Udoh, who is on a rookie contract still. Hennigan was said to be seeking young talent on rookie contracts.
The only near-certainty is that any deal involving Redick and the Bucks will require that John Hammond throw Hennigan a first-round pick in the deal. The Magic will seek to stockpile as many draft picks as they can for the next few seasons as they attempt to build their franchise from the ground up.
The Magic already have a glut of forwards, but it’s somewhat surprising they’re not interested in Mbah a Moute. As I wrote this morning, his skill-set as a defender is unique and valuable in a conference with so many perimeter scoring sets. While the Magic are hoping Maurice Harkless develops into that type of defender, Moute already is.
Seemingly, a deal that hasn’t yet been discussed much would make the most sense. The Bucks would trade Mike Dunleavy’s expiring contract, rookie John Henson and a first-rounder in exchange for Redick.
Hennigan would get the young talent on a rookie contract he wants in UNC big man John Henson, while Dunleavy would come off the books. The obligatory first-round pick will be in the middle of the first round.
The Bucks get Redick and hope that he re-signs, but if he doesn’t they didn’t sacrifice the world to obtain him, since it’s unlikely that the Magic will get anyone of Larry Sanders’ caliber. Hennigan knows better than to even ask for the league’s leading shot blocker.
But Redick’s value is high; perhaps far higher than Hammond had counted upon.