J. J. Redick and the Best of the 2013 NBA Trade Deadline

By Richard Huang

The mutually beneficial trades:

The New York Knicks get rid of a recently unproductive Ronnie Brewer for a trade exception.

The Oklahoma City Thunder get more defense from a former member of the Tom Thibeadeau’s Chicago Bulls.

The Phoenix Suns also traded Sebastian Telfair for Center Hamed Haddadi.

The Suns get size. The Toronto Raptors get scoring from one of the Suns’ former top stars, one who has worked with much of their talent before mind you.

The one sided trades:

January 18, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Washington Wizards guard Jordan Crawford (15) during the second half against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. The Wizards won 112-108. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Jordan Crawford for an injured one year contract Leandro Barbosa.

Crawford has a been a key shooter for Washington Wizards giving them key leads with his 3s. Leandro Barbosa is a good player, but like many players added to the Celtics roster, he just has not had an identity, consistent playing time. Also, he’s injured and cannot really benefit the team that traded for him.

Feb 19, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic shooting guard J.J. Redick (7) reacts during the first quarter against the Charlotte Bobcats at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

J. J Redick for Ben Udrih.

Redick was always a key player for the Orlando Magic. I would say he is the most hardest asset that the Orlando Magic had to give up (if they had not given up their season mind you with this trade.) Every game the Magic play, one can always be attributed to Redick’s key plays. One can debate if he is at his peak or can improve to become an even better super star. However, there is no doubt that he can be a key player for the Milwaukee Bucks when they are not shooting consistently and easily help get them into the playoffs. Sure, the Magic got a bunch of young talent in the trade, but J. J will be missed.