Orlando Magic J.J Redick appears to be quite the wanted man amongst NBA teams these days.
According to a report by John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com, General Manager Rob Hennigan has informed Redick “that several teams around the league have an active interest in trading for him.”
While he’s not entirely sure what his future holds with the franchise, J.J still continues to take all of the talk in stride.
“First of all, you have to hope that there’s another team that wants you because there are never any guarantees there,’’ Redick said.`The way I approach things and the way I have been approaching things recently is to just focus on the day. I do feel overwhelmed at times if I try to picture myself a month from now (at the trade deadline) or six months from now in free agency. It’s just not worth worrying right now.”
“At the (trade) deadline, maybe there’s an offer that (GM) Rob (Hennigan) has to consider. But I don’t get any indication from him that they are actively looking to move me,’’ Redick continued. “So if I’m here past the deadline, that’s the first hurdle.”
Through 35 games this season, Redick is averaging 14.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists a game. He’s also shooting 44.3% from the field and 37.7% from behind the arc.
While many analysts and fans alike projected the Magic to be one of the bottom-feeders in the Eastern Conference this year after dealing away franchise center Dwight Howard back in August, Orlando has surprisingly been more competitive than expected. However, in recent weeks, the team has struggled mightily to put wins on the board.
The Magic sit 12th in the conference with a record of 13-23. Before yesterday’s 104-101 upset victory over the 28-8 Los Angeles Clippers, Orlando had suffered through it’s longest losing streak of the season, losing ten straight games. Prior to that stretch, the team was hovering around the .500 mark at 12-13, which is an extremely respectable record for a roster lacking in serious elite-level talent.
Hennigan has a huge decision to make as it pertains to J.J Redick. Averaging career-highs in minutes, scoring, rebounding and assists, Redick’s role on this team has increased dramatically since the departure of Howard.
Even with his strong play, Rob Hennigan and the rest of the Magic have to continue building towards the future. J.J becomes an unrestricted free-agent this offseason, so perhaps dealing him before the February 21st deadline would ultimately be the best decision moving forward, rather than watching him leave and get nothing in return.
Besides, his $6 million dollar expiring contract could sweeten the pot even more for potential trade partners.
It doesn’t necessarily matter how many games the Magic win this season. They are nowhere near a threat for an NBA championship with their current makeup.
If a potential J.J Redick trade can bring in valuable assets to help continue the rebuilding process in Orlando, then I don’t see any reason why Hennigan wouldn’t strongly listen to offers around the league.