Schmitz: "[Otis] Smith Will Match for [J.J.] Redick"

Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel did some digging around the Orlando Magic, and his findings lead him to believe team GM Otis Smith will match the Chicago Bulls' three-year, $19 million offer sheet for reserve shooting guard J.J. Redick.

From what I have been able to gather, Smith will match for Redick because he wants to protect the asset as he did in the case of another restricted free agent, center Marcin Gortat, and he doesn’t want to lose Redick to an East rival.

Smith is taking as much time as allotted to talk to other teams and to keep the Bulls’ money intended for Redick on hold.

Overall, Schmitz assesses that "the climate in the Magic organization does not suggest Smith is letting go of Redick unless he lands a sweet deal."

But Schmitz can't be 100% certain, saying, "Things could change in the next 24 or so hours, but it’s unlikely."

Smith has until tomorrow to make a decision on Redick. Tuesday, he said that team ownership will have a big say in the matter, given the financial implications of matching.

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