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It finally happened. After months of being the subject of trade rumors, J.J. Redick was dealt to the Milwaukee Bucks alongside Gustavo Ayon and Ish Smith in exchange for Tobias Harris, Doron Lamb, and Beno Udrih.
The Bucks get a player in Redick who is arguably having the best season of his career, while the Orlando Magic acquire two young players in the second-year Harris and rookie Lamb. Udrih’s contract ($7.4 million) expires at the end of the season.
Magic Basketball evaluates the Magic trading J.J. Redick to the Bucks.
Good deal or bad deal for the Magic?
Nate Drexler: Good deal for the future. Bad deal to lose such a valued piece. It’s tough to see a guy like Redick go after he’s poured it out for the city and the team, but now the Magic have five rookies and an ideal building block for the next few years.
Sean Highkin: Good deal. They didn’t get a first round pick, but if there wasn’t one to be had, they at least came away with two cheap, young talents in Doron Lamb and Tobias Harris, as well as the expiring contract of Beno Udrih, who doesn’t compromise their future flexibility whatsoever. Trading Ayon and Josh McRoberts (the latter in a separate deal) also opens up more minutes for Kyle O’Quinn and Andrew Nicholson.
Noam Schiller: Good deal. Tobias Harris may or may not develop into a good player, but he has a shot at it. The Magic weren’t getting a player with similar upside for a late first round pick and a player with upside had to be coming back from any Redick deal.
Whose outlook improves the most because of this deal?
Drexler: Jacque Vaughn so long as he can keep his job. This is, believe it or not, an ideal situation for a coach. The future is bright with the potential to free up some cap space and some promising rookies in the lineup. Now comes the key moment — can the Magic build on this? Vaughn has to be hopeful.
Highkin: The Bucks. Redick and Mike Dunleavy might be a little redundant, but J.J.’s having a stellar year and gives the Bucks another perimeter threat who’s also a solid defender and ballhandler as they gear up for a playoff push.
Schiller: Andrew Nicholson. Between moving Ayon and the Josh McRoberts-Hakim Warrick trade, there are now very few bigs to take away the rookie’s minutes. (Now watch Jacque Vaughn go ahead and give Warrick 30 minutes a night.)
Whose outlook declines the most because of this deal?
Drexler: Probably J.J. Redick. For all the work he’s put in and the improvements he’s made, it can’t be awe-inspiring to get traded to another sub-par franchise. Redick would have been an ideal piece for a contender and he knows it. It’s hard to be a winner when you just can’t win.
Highkin: It’s a wash. The Magic probably weren’t going to re-sign Redick anyway and they were already plenty terrible with him on the team. They aren’t going to get better this season from this deal, but Rob Hennigan’s rebuilding plan continues to fall into place.
Schiller: There isn’t too much downside here — the Magic weren’t winning a lot of games anyway — but a guy who could see his touches decline is Jameer Nelson. He’s a better player than Beno Udrih, but not by much, and if Udrih goes on a late push towards getting a better contract this summer, he might steal some of Jameer’s control of the offense.