With the first deadline trade happening last week with Rudy Gay going from the Memphis Grizzlies to the Toronto Raptors in a three team trade, more moves will be coming in the next couple of weeks. While Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has come out and said that he is not eager to make a big trade, he will be looking for complimentary pieces if available; mostly a power forward who can score in the low post, or another guard who can space the floor and shoot the three.
J.J. Redick is a name that most teams cite when asked to name a player who will definitely be dealt between now and the deadline. The veteran guard is averaging a career high 15.3 points, as well as a career high 4.5 assists for the Orlando Magic this season, while shooting 40 percent from behind the arc. He has played exceptionally well of late, averaging 18 points in his last ten games.
One of the most popular players in college basketball during his time at Duke University, Redick has taken years to transition into the NBA game since being drafted by the Magic 11th overall in the 2006 draft. Redick cracked the starting line up for the first time last season, and has received increased playing time the last couple of years. He has averaged double digit points in each of the last three seasons, with his point and assist productions increasing each year.
ESPN’s Ric Bucher reported that the Magic want draft considerations or a quality young player still on his rookie contract if they’re going to part with Redick. The Rockets definitely have many different options to offer; either a first-round draft pick, or a player like Marcus Morris, Terrence Jones, or Donatas Motiejunas.
Redick would be exactly what Morey is looking for; a veteran guard who can come off the bench, space the floor, and consistently knock down spot up outside shots. He would fit in greatly with the second unit along with Toney Douglas and Carlos Delfino, making three players who shoot well from the outside, while potentially being a beneficiary of Douglas and Delfino’s ability to penetrate and dish.
Redick is making about $6 million this season, and will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.