J.J. Redick - USA TODAY Sports
Redick has made himself more valuable to Orlando than the Magic expected, a report says, and though he's still their best trade asset, they aren't eager to make a deal.
The Orlando Magic risk losing J.J. Redick in unrestricted free agency if they don't trade the veteran shooting guard, but as Steve Kyler of HOOPSWORLD reports, trading Redick isn't the first item on Orlando's agenda.
Coming into the season, says Kyler, Orlando did not see Redick as part of its long-term future. But "the thinking on Redick has changed considerably" since the season began, and the Magic are more keen to keep him now than they were in training camp.
However, the change of heart does not necessarily mean Orlando is set against trading him. The Magic don't want to risk losing Redick in free agency, and though he and his family have expressed a desire to keep him in pinstripes, Orlando "won’t control the free agent process." That lack of control could prompt the Magic to trade him, which action would reflect the business realities of the situation, and not a dislike of him.
In his seventh season, Redick is averaging 14.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 4.8 assists on 44.1 percent shooting from the field.