The battle for J.J. Redick is heating up!
Wow. Seriously never thought I’d ever string those words together…in English or any other language devised by humankind. But that’s where we are.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Quentin Richardson has agreed to a multi-year deal with the Orlando Magic. This could mean that the Magic are preparing for life without Redick. Of course, it could also mean they’re preparing for life without Matt Barnes, who is a free agent.
Redick is a key component to Orlando’s game plan. But Chicago’s 3-year, $19 million offer — which is heavily front loaded — is a major deterent. As the Orlando Sentinal’s Magic blog points out: “Here’s the rub: Redick’s deal will reportedly mean the Magic could take as much as a $14 million tax hit (including his first-year salary).”
That’s an awful lot of money to throw around. But then again, the Magic might feel the pressure of a closing championship window and Vince Carter’s impending free agency (his contract is set to expire after this season).