Magic's J.J. Redick traded to Milwaukee Bucks
Redick, Gus Ayon, Ish Smith to Milwaukee Bucks
Local 6 has confirmed that the Orlando Magic guard J.J. Redick has been traded to the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magic have agreed to a trade that will send Redick, Gus Ayon and Ish Smith to Milwaukee for Doron Lamb, Tobias Harris and Beno Udrih.
Local 6 Sports Director David Pingalore was told from NBA sources that the DeVos family planned to retain Redick and try to sign him in the off season. Redick, according to sources, told the franchise that he wanted to see what free agency would bring him.
Sources told Pingalore that the organization thought they had Redick convinced to make a deal in the summer and when Redick said otherwise on Thursday, the Magic were left with no option but to trade him for three players.
The Charlotte Bobcats have also acquired Josh McRoberts from the Orlando Magic in exchange for Hakim Warrick, Local 6 has confirmed.
The league still must approve both deals to make it official.
"Tobias and Doron are two young players who complement our current roster and have tremendous potential to grow with us," Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said in a statement. "Tobias is a versatile forward that can play both forward positions, while Doron is a combo guard who helps fortify our backcourt with his shooting and ball-handling ability. Beno is a proven point guard who adds veteran leadership and experience to our team."
Hennigan also wished the departing players well as they move forward.
Redick sent out a tweet on Thursday after the trade announcement, saying "Where to begin...very grateful for my 7 years in Orlando. Proud to have been part of some terrific teams. Humbled by the support of the Central Florida community and all Magic fans worldwide. I will miss you. Excited to join the Milwaukee Bucks organization and look forward to joining my new team!"
Redick is averaging a career-high 15.1 points a game this season, and is 11th in the league with 117 3-pointers.
"I can sit here and say I don't want to come back, I can sit here and say I do want to come back. Ultimately, it's their decision," said Redick.
Still, the decision to deal Redick was not an unexpected move for the Magic as they continue their rebuilding process following the trade of Dwight Howard last summer to the Los Angeles Lakers.
With his three-year, $19 million contract ending, Redick is likely to seek a long-term deal this summer when he becomes a free agent. That apparently was something the Magic weren't willing to commit to.
He was a restricted free agent when he signed an offer sheet with Chicago in the summer of 2010, but Orlando matched his deal. With no restrictions after this season, the Magic had no guarantee that he would re-sign.
Orlando is also setting itself up for the future and Hennigan is looking to make his roster younger and build through future drafts.
He does that by acquiring two young players in the rookie Lamb, and second-year Harris. The Magic also pick up a true backup point guard in Udrih to play behind veteran Jameer Nelson.