J.J. Redick’s name had been swirling about trade rumors all day, and just before the deadline, he finally got moved. The Magic had been holding out for the best possible deal all day, and they finally agreed to send him to Milwaukee.
From ESPN.com’s Chad Ford,
“The Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magic have agreed to a trade that will send J.J. Redick, Gustavo Ayon and Ish Smith to the Bucks in return for Tobias Harris, Beno Udrih and Doron Lamb.”
With Redick (an unrestricted free agent) almost certain to leave after this season, it made sense for the Magic to look for a deal. It was better for them to get at least something before Redick left in the summer.
So what did the Magic get exactly?
Tobias Harris, in his second year, is only 20 years old. He has rarely played for the Bucks, but he gives the Magic another young asset in their rebuilding quest. The rookie Doron Lamb has also barely gotten off the bench in Milwaukee this season, but once again the Magic get a young player on a cheap contract. Finally, Beno Udrih. Udrih has seen limited minutes this season, averaging about 7 points and 3.5 assists over 18 minutes a game. He has shown over his career that he can be a solid backup point guard, but the main benefit to Udrih is that his contract expires after this season.
Now from the Bucks perspective.
Obviously Redick is the centerpiece of this deal. He can shoot the lights out, and is an underrated passer. Redick will also be a big addition to a thin backcourt in Milwaukee. With Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis already there though, it will be interesting to see where Redick fits in the rotation. It will also be interesting to see if the Bucks are able to resign Redick, who will surely attract a lot of attention in free agency. The two other players in the deal, Gustavo Ayon and Ish Smith were thrown in for cap considerations, and will play minimal roles.
With the Bucks (currently in 8th) hanging around in the playoff race, Redick will surely be a big help in maintaining their spot during the playoff push.