According to Brian Schmitz or the Orlando Sentinal: “The Orlando Magic will keep J.J. Redick around to make more 3-pointers. Those close to the negotiations told the Sentinel on Thursday that the Magic will match the 3-year, $19-million offer sheet presented to Redick by the Chicago Bulls. The Magic have scheduled a news conference today at RDV Sportsplex to make the announcement.”
Don’t get me wrong. I have some serious reservations about Redick’s ability to defend at the shooting guard position, but the Bulls could have used his three-point shooting. It’s starting to look like Ronnie Brewer is Chicago’s next target — ESPNChicago’s Nick Friedell reports through Brewer’s agent that Brewer is interested in the Bulls — but I have reservations about him as well.
I like his size (6’7″ and 227 pounds), his movement without the ball and the way he can finish around the rim. However, his marksmanship is decidedly not good. He’s a career 23 percent three-point shooter, and last season he knocked down only 35 percent of his attempts from 16-23 feet. So Brewer as the Bulls’ starting two guard worries me. Assuming a starting lineup of Derrick Rose, Brewer, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah…who’s going to spread the floor?
There’s not a single long-distance threat in that lineup.
I really don’t feel confident about Kyle Korver as the starting SG either. Love his shooting, don’t like his ability to check athletic twos. And looking at the shooting guards who are still available, I’m not sure anybody meets all the needs of my ideal Bulls SG (size, athleticism, the ability to drive/finish/draw fouls and long-range shooting).
For the record, I don’t see Tracy McGrady as a viable option. His injury history is a mile long, his remaining skills are in doubt and he’s never had a high grade (or even an above average grade) in the “killer instinct” department. The Bulls talking themselves into T-Mac would be a mistake.
I think the Bulls should strongly consider Roger Mason (assuming they plan to offer a three-year deal). Mason only hit 33 percent of his treys last season, but he was at 42 percent the previous season and just a shade under 40 the season before that. Plus, he drilled 45 percent of his long two-pointers last season.
Mason’s age (29) is a downside. But again, the Bulls probably won’t offer anything beyond a three-year deal. On the flip side, I like Brewer’s age (25), because that would provide the opportunity to develop a nice young player. But his total lack of an outside shot bothers me way too much. And anyway, the Bulls have spent a lot of years “developing” players. I would much rather the Bulls brought in a developed player.