After almost a week of not hearing anything about where restricted free agent shooting guard J.J. Redick might wind up, three reports today paint the Orlando Magic as favorites to retain his services.
From Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports:
Restricted free-agent guard J.J. Redick is drawing interest from the New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls, but the Orlando Magic are still favored to keep him, league sources said.
Last week, Wojnarowski and Spears listed the Boston Celtics among the teams interested in Redick as well.
Separate reports from Josh Robbins and Tim Povtak quote Magic coach Stan Van Gundy, a huge fan of Redick, as saying, "our intention is to match" with regard to Redick. More from Van Gundy, as Robbins quoted him:
"Now, if he gets a max offer — $17 million a year — I don’t know," Van Gundy added, a smile on his face. "If somebody gives him, you know, $1.8 million, he won’t take it. So, somewhere in-between there is the number. But we go in with the intention that we’re going to match."
I've long maintained that the Magic will keep Redick with a long-term deal, but likely by matching another team's offer, rather than signing him to an extension. GM Otis Smith is a fan of letting the market determine free agents' value.