J.J. Redick - Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
The former Magic guard told Yahoo! that the NBA is personal, in addition to being a business.
The Orlando Magic dealt J.J. Redick to the Milwaukee Bucks the day of the NBA trading deadline, and the veteran shooting guard now understands how the NBA works. In an interview with Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Redick said Magic general manager Rob Hennigan told him the decision wasn't a personal one. "But it is personal," Redick told Wojnarowski.
Redick said he thinks sometimes about how his career could have gone differently if Orlando decided not to trade him. "Part of me wishes I could've been there my whole career and been part of the rebuilding, part of the turnaround," Redick said, "and gotten back to the finals in my 11th or 12th year. That's the romantic in me, the idealist."
But playing for a team with playoff aspirations has reinvigorated Redick. "Even in Orlando, in a close game, coming down to the wire, you still think to yourself: 'We're 15-37 or whatever,'" he said.
The night of the trade, Hennigan discussed the business side of it. Orlando owes Arron Afflalo, another shooting guard, more then $21 million over the next three seasons. "There are some inherent challenges when you look at the money that you have to spend on a team and at certain positions," Hennigan said.