Reactions to the Magic trading away J.J. Redick | Magic Basketball



Feb 22

Reactions to the Magic trading away J.J. Redick


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  • Kevin Pelton of ESPN Insider: “From the Magic’s perspective this decision was much more straightforward. Orlando knew Redick would likely leave as an unrestricted free agent and wanted to get value for him before then. The Magic reportedly had multiple offers of late first-round picks and decided instead to go with Harris, the No. 19 pick in 2011 and a prospect with more upside than anyone Orlando could have gotten with one of those late first-rounders.”
  • Mike Prada of SB Nation: “The grade on this deal mostly depends on what you think of Harris. He was starting and playing decently earlier in the year, then weirdly got buried in the small forward rotation. Part of the issue was that it was a numbers game in Milwaukee. He originally played only because Luc Richard Mbah a Moute was hurt and Mike Dunleavy was better off the bench. Once Mbah a Moute got healthy, there was nowhere for Harris to go. Harris lacks shooting range, but when paired with the right combo forward, his athleticism, defense and post game can be valuable. That might be a sneaky pickup for Orlando.”
  • Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie: “Lamb has struggled, significantly, this year. Harris is a good player and still only 20, but hardly a game-changer in terms of young assets. Still, considering the team’s needs in the backcourt as the season winds down, the goodwill toward Redick, and the potential behind Harris, this was a fine move for the Magic.”
  • D.J. Foster of ProBasketballTalk: “Harris should get playing time on a young Orlando team that will be much more patient with him than Scott Skiles or Jim Boylan was. At just 20 years old, Harris has the potential to be a very solid rotation player in the future.”
  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Redick, a 28-year-old shooting guard, will become an unrestricted free agent in July, and Magic officials were leery of tying up millions of dollars long term on a complementary player such as Redick. Hennigan and his colleagues also feared Redick would sign elsewhere and leave the franchise with no assets in return. […] Hennigan said the Magic spoke with about a dozen teams in recent days, and he said the team had some chances to receive a late first-round pick. But Harris was the 19th overall pick in 2011, and Magic officials believe Harris and Lamb have upside. They’re also inexpensive.”
  • Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “Magic faithful obviously lose a fan favorite in J.J. and an asset in the community. Even more than that, they lose a solid, self-made player who developed into one of the top sixth men in the league, if not a quality starter who can do more than shoot. Great qualities, right? All those attributes describes the perfect player who fits into the Magic’s new mission statement. But J.J. was too costly to keep, in the Magic’s eyes, although I still contend letting a good player get away might haunt the team.”
  • Ben Golliver of The Point Forward: “If there’s one totally under-the-radar player moved on Thursday that can emerge into a real player by shifting locales and being given a larger opportunity, it would be Harris. Included as one of the pieces Milwaukee sent to Orlando in exchange for Redick, Harris has good size for a wing and posted decent per-minute numbers in a limited role for the Bucks. Milwaukee simply had too many veteran options in front of him; in Orlando, coach Jacque Vaughn should be delighted to give Harris the opportunity to showcase his talents.”
  • Josh Cohen of “Now with Tobias Harris, a 20-year-old with boundless potential to emerge into a valuable player, on board and with Nikola Vucevic, Andrew Nicholson and Maurice Harkless still in the infantile stages of their development, Orlando has accumulated a slew of budding young players to build around. And, of course, the Magic will harvest a high draft pick in June’s NBA Draft this year and perhaps next year as well when an alleged star-studded draft class is unveiled. But what will really separate Orlando from most other rebuilding teams is the amount of salary cap space it will have to stock up on free agents in two to three years.”
  • John Denton of “While losing Redick will assuredly be painful to Magic fans that had fallen in love with the hard-working shooting guard, the franchise has made clear its intentions to build over this season and next with young players while stockpiling salary cap dollars. The hope is to have the salary cap space following the 2013-14 season to lure one, if not two, marquee free agents to the Magic. Pair those players with a foundation of talented young players already in the fold and to come in the next two NBA Drafts, and Orlando hopes to have a championship-ready roster after next season.”
  • Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post: “Several factors came into play Thursday. Ultimately, the Magic’s goals as they rebuild are to soundly manage the salary cap and to add players ‘who are about the right things,’ to use Hennigan’s term. The Magic want “to create something that’s sustainable,” and Thursday’s moves help them in that respect, according to Hennigan.”
  • Tom Ziller of SB Nation: “Yep, this was the rare trade that helps both teams. The Magic took a pending free agent not on their timeline and a mid-rung big man and swapped them out for two prospects and a neat point guard who is surprisingly fun to watch. Tobias Harris and Doron Lamb might end up irrelevant, but this is a classic case of maximizing your dice rolls, something all young teams should try to do.”

@miatotl  as much as I appreciate that you want a guy that you developed to earn a potential ring, as a Magic fan you have to be happy with the return as opposed to what JJ's goals are.. Tobias Harris is the main cog in this trade and I(as well as most Bucks fans) was not happy to see him go.. seriously doubt that any contender was offering a player of his caliber/upside.. plus the book is still out on Lamb too, and Beno is a terrific backup guard that can play both positions


So sad to lose JJ.  But it only makes sense to trade him. He deserves to play for a contender, and it seems we won't be contending anytime soon.


I don't hate this trade from a logical perspective.  However, it really does hurt to lose a player like JJ after he had such a successful development here in Orlando.  He will be greatly missed.  I wish him the best of luck with the Bucks.