The Magic Officially Match Bulls Offer for J.J. Redick
Otis Smith held a 9:30 AM press conference morning to officially announce that J.J. Redick will be returning to Orlando next season. The Chicago Bull’s originally signed Redick to a 3-year $19 million offer sheet one week ago. However, because J.J. was a restricted free agent, the Magic had one week to match the offer and bring him back. With the additional luxury tax penalty the Magic now face, Redick’s contract will essentially be double what it looks like on paper. During the press conference, Otis praised J.J.’s “winner’s mentality” and was very thankful for the great leadership of the Devos family for allowing him to have the flexibility to keep the team together. The Magic roster is virtually complete now and the next addition should be a 3rd PG (plus training camp invites) although Otis did state that he would “never say never” in regards to being done for the offseason. Otis also stated that he never offered Matt Barnes a contract but then reiterated ”never say never” when asked if there was any chance he would be back. Barnes stated yesterday on his Twitter account that he would be announcing his “decision” today. While the Magic haven’t made any flashy moves like some other teams (nWo), another year together for this team should make a huge difference as far as playing together and overall chemistry. The official press release from the Magic is below.
Official Press Release:
Orlando, FL – The Orlando Magic have exercised its right of first refusal and retained restricted free agent guard J.J. Redick, General Manager Otis Smith announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed. Orlando had seven days to match an offer sheet made to Redick by Chicago on July 9.
“J.J. (Redick) is a valuable part of our organization, both on the court and in our community,” said Smith. “He has worked extremely hard during his four seasons with us and improved every year. We’re happy that J.J. will be back to help us reach our ultimate goal.”
Redick (#7, 6’4”, 190, 6/24/84) played in all 82 games last season with Orlando, averaging a career-high 9.6 ppg., 1.9 rpg. and 1.9 apg. in 22.0 minpg. He made nine starts, averaging 13.0 ppg., 2.9 apg. and 2.7 rpg. in 35.1 minpg. during that span. Redick led the Magic in both three-point shooting (.405, 111-274) and free throw shooting (.860, 191-222), ranking 17th in the NBA in both categories. He also appeared in all 14 playoff games, averaging 7.5 ppg., 1.7 rpg. and 1.4 apg. in 19.2 minpg.
Originally selected in the first round (11th overall) by Orlando in the 2006 NBA Draft, Redick has appeared in 222 career NBA regular season games, all with the Magic, averaging 7.0 ppg., 1.5 rpg. and 1.3 apg. in 17.2 minpg. He has shot .392 (233-594) from three-point range and .863 (353-409) from the free throw line. Redick has also played in 33 career playoff outings, averaging 6.2 ppg., 1.6 apg. and 1.3 rpg. in 18.7 minpg.
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