Marc Stein of ESPN reported via Twitter that the Celtics “covet” Orlando Magic shooting guard J.J. Redick.
Size obviously Celts’ priority if they do deal before Feb. 21 trade deadline but word is they hope to work way into Redick mix if they can
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) January 25, 2013
With news that Rajon Rondo is now out for the season, this may be even more so the case. Redick is averaging a career high 4.4 assists per game this year. With Rondo due to miss the remainder f the season, Redick’s ability to create shots for his teammates would help Boston save what could be a disastrous postseason sans Rondo.
Moving forward, the 28-year-old Redick would figure into Boston’s short and long-term plans. The Celtics rank 28th in the league in three point production, with only 16.5 points per game coming from distance. Redick would immediately ameliorate that shortcoming and help the C’s hit more from outside.
The problem for the Celtics may be how much Orlando is likely to ask in return for the Duke product. The Magic reportedly required both Derrick Williams and a first-round pick from Minnesota, so one would assume they would ask for a package of similar intrigue from Danny Ainge.
Jared Sullinger would obviously have mass appeal to a rebuilding team, and it wouldn’t be too surprising if the Magic sought to bring back Courtney Lee in the deal, as he thrived in Orlando to start his NBA career.
Lee left as a fan favorite in Orlando, and though his
promise as a player isn’t as high as people were billing it his rookie season with the Magic, Lee could find a home in Jacque Vaughn’s rotation as a great backup for sharpshooter Aaron Afflalo.
Danny Ainge must realize that to get Redick, he’s going to have to part with some talent, and that Rob Hennigan won’t back down and accept a weak offer from a team like the C’s who have some assets.
Sullinger and Lee is a good salary match and works under the cap for both teams.
The Hollinger analysis on ESPN’s Trade Machine predicts that the Celtics would improve by one win in the win-column, while the Magic would get four losses worse with the potential deal.
Maybe that’s exactly what they want in Orlando, with contention nowhere on the immediate horizon.