J.J. Redick’s game has really impressed the Celtics, according to HoopsHype’s Roland Lazenby. But there’s a drawback to the C’s interest: Stan Van Gundy wants Orlando ownership to do anything in its power to keep Redick a Magician.
Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy is raving privately that Redick is the one guy on his roster who truly cares about the game, that ownership should do everything possible to keep the free agent.
Redick’s work ethic and big-game delivery have also deeply impressed the Boston Celtics and the Atlanta Hawks. Any one of the three teams could wind up giving mid-level exception money to Redick, better than $30 mil over five years.
If Van Gundy is THAT in love with Redick, it’s going to take more than the mid-level exception to steal him away from Orlando. Remember, Redick is a restricted free agent, so the Magic can match any offer. And, umm, unfortunately, the Celtics don’t have anything more than the mid-level to offer.
Could Ray Allen possibly be used in a sign-and-trade for Redick? That’s just about the only way I can see the C’s picking up Redick, but the odds of it happening are slimmer than Shaun Livingston: I can’t see the two Eastern Conference powers helping each other out, can you?
I really like Redick’s game, but I just don’t think he’s coming to the Celtics. I don’t see how it would work.
P.S. – Back to Van Gundy “raving privately that Redick is the one guy on his roster who truly cares about the game,” I was shocked — shocked! — that SVG doesn’t think Vince Carter truly loves the game.
Just kidding, guys, don’t worry. It’s always been painfully obvious that Vince is not at all in love with basketball.