Milwaukee Bucks interested in J.J. Redick?
According to a report this morning from Marc Stein of ESPN, the Milwaukee Bucks are attempting to throw their name into the mix to acquire J.J. Redick at the trade deadline. Stein says that Milwaukee is assessing their ability to retain Redick in the offseason and are concerned about paying the high price required from Orlando to obtain J.J.’s services.
On the surface, it’s easy to pass this option off as unlikely. However, Milwaukee has shown that they are willing to take risks to bring players in and reshape their team as they did last year with the Bogut-Ellis trade. Monta Ellis is signed through next season with an $11M salary, but he has an Early Termination Option (ETO) that he can exercise which would make him an unrestricted free agent this summer – which he is likely to exercise. And likely to leave.
For the Bucks, they’d have two months plus a short playoff run to sell Redick on Milwaukee. He has spoken openly about his desire to stay in Orlando, but if a starting position and a boatload of money comes his way – Milwaukee could suddenly feel much more appealing. If Ellis opts out as expected, the Bucks will have almost $30M in cap room next year. If they’re able to lock up Brandon Jennings for another four years, that number will go down to ~$22M, but they still have cash to spend. They can also amnesty Drew Gooden, and have an additional $6.7M of space .
For the Magic, there are several options that could be appealing in a trade with the Bucks. GM Rob Hennigan has stated that the team is looking for a player on a rookie deal and/or draft picks. Milwaukee has LARRY SANDERS! (15th pick in 2010), John Henson (14th pick last year), Tobias Harris (19th pick in 2011) and Doron Lamb (42nd overall last year) that would all be appealing in different ways to Orlando and are all on rookie contracts. Ekpe Udoh is also on a rookie deal, but as the 6th overall pick in 2010 his $4.5M deal next season isn’t as appetizing.
The Bucks could also potentially take on one of the contracts of Hedo Turkoglu, Al Harrington or Big Baby Davis.
Would Redick resign in Milwaukee? The odds certainly aren’t in their favor. For the Magic, it could be a best case scenario. Trade Redick to a place he isn’t likely to sign with in the summer, get a great package in return – and then re-sign him themselves come July 1st.
The rumors will continue pouring in over the next 12 days as we get near the trade deadline. Which team will get desperate enough to offer the Magic a deal they can’t turn down? Maybe Milwaukee.