According to numerous sources, the Orlando Magic have completed a six-player trade that will send guard J.J Redick to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Redick was having a career year for Orlando, averaging 15.4 points and 4.4 assists through 50 games.
GRADE THE TRADE (MILWAUKEE BUCKS): A
I’m surprised to see the Milwaukee Bucks as the winners of the J.J Redick sweepstakes, but kudos to management for acquiring a player who can help them out immediately.
The fact that he’s putting up career-highs across the board in points (15.4), shooting percentage (45.0), three-pointers made (2.3), assists (4.4) and rebounds (2.4) was good enough in itself, but you throw in an expiring contract ($6 million this season), and that just sweetens things even more for the Bucks.
I fully expect Milwaukee to make a huge push this summer to re-sign J.J and keep him with the team long-term.
Redick stepped up in a big way for Orlando with Dwight Howard no longer in the picture. Milwaukee can only hope that his success will carry over with him to his new team.
Ayon (3.6 points, 3.3 rebounds), who has a team option for next season, will offer some depth in the frontcourt, while Smith (2.4 points, 1.6 assists) will backup Brandon Jennings, Monta Ellis and Redick. I don’t expect either player to get much playing time, if any.
GRADE THE TRADE (ORLANDO MAGIC: C
Beno Udrih (6.7 points, 3.5 assists) is a quality backup point guard, but with his contract expiring at the end of the season ($7.8 million owed this year), I don’t expect Orlando to re-sign him unless they can get him on the cheap.
Tobias Harris (4.9 points, 2.0 rebounds) and Doran Lamb (3.4 points) are both young prospects who can shoot the basketball, but as the two main pieces of a deal for arguably the Magic’s best player on the season, I’m sure Orlando could have gotten a lot more in return.
They would have had to overpay to keep Redick this summer, but it still must be disheartening for Magic fans to get such little compensation for their second-leading scorer.