The Redick Watch ends: Orlando matches Chicago’s offer

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.”

Bummer.

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.

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19 Responses to The Redick Watch ends: Orlando matches Chicago’s offer

  1. letsgobulls_24 July 16, 2010 at 3:53 pm #

    Damn. That really bums me out. We would’ve had 2 of the premiere 3 pt shooters in the league.

    We should’ve went after Morrow.

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    Jake in Minnie July 16, 2010 at 4:21 pm #

    The Hinrich trade is looking more and more like a bad idea…I know, not the best spreader of the offense, but he had the leadership, defense (especially) and was a very known quantity. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t fault the Bulls for doing it, but if we can’t find a decent starting SG, it will suck even more.

  3. Anonymous July 16, 2010 at 4:34 pm #

    I am not very clear on how the salary cap works. What is the purpose of the salary cap if rich billionare owners are allowed to go deep into the luxury tax and pay extra to keep high payed players. To me, if you have a rich owner then the salary cap serves no purpose. Am i wrong?

  4. Anonymous July 16, 2010 at 4:34 pm #

    i hear Devin Brown is available

  5. chad July 16, 2010 at 4:41 pm #

    hinrich trade was a waste, never had a chance of getting lebron

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    Jer July 16, 2010 at 4:54 pm #

    What about getting/trading for Portland’s Fernadez (sp)? Manu’s long lost brother at least on the floor.

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    Aaron July 16, 2010 at 5:07 pm #

    The way I see the Hinrich deal was the Bulls essentially traded Hinrich and a 1st round pick for Carlos Boozer. That’s a trade I’d do every time.

    I’d say go after Luther Head and Brewer, sign a backup PG and bring back Brad Miller. Flip Murray is also serviceable. Sign a few more big bodies like Chris Richard and were done.

  8. smokabull July 16, 2010 at 5:20 pm #

    if we could get josh howard on the cheap, i think that maybe we should do it. sure he is old and coming back from a serious injury, but he was pretty good for the wizards. i think the team’s potential will keep him interested in the game (just like boozer)

    also, i hear rudy fernandez is unhappy with the blazers. i would totally trade james johnson and a second rounder for him.

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    C-Lo_The_Great July 16, 2010 at 5:26 pm #

    maybe derrick byars makes the team and consistantly drains 3s? well i read in the tribune the other day that rose can make 3s now

  10. Treydog July 16, 2010 at 5:28 pm #

    Ok, lets do this again.

    Possible Bulls lineup, starters first:
    PG: D.Rose
    SG: Roger Mason Jr.
    C: Noah
    PF:C. Boozer
    SF: L. Deng

    Bench:
    Kyle Korver
    Taj Gibson
    Brad Miller
    James Johnson
    O. Asik
    Eddie House
    Flip Murry
    Matt Barnes

    IMO, I think this line up can win the CENTRAL division and be a 3 or 4 seed in the eastern conference. The key is signing proven veterans such as Miller, Barnes, House, and Murry. Most importantly, Barnes needs to be signed to match up better with Milwaukee’s John Salmons and Corey Maggette.

  11. j.ave July 16, 2010 at 6:26 pm #

    you fans are ignorant!!! there is no way redick is a starting SG. he is a solid bench player. ronnie brewer gives the bulls the defense they needed in the loss of hinrich. they have a 3pt shooter in kover and they now have a defensive threat in brewer who can defend kobe wade and just about anyone else in the guard/forward position.. he is still young and can work on his shot. he is an athletic monster who can jump the gym and would go good running the floor with rose.

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    Joel July 16, 2010 at 6:33 pm #

    Its obvious Brewer cant hit 3s but his last 2 full seasons in Utah he shot 55% and just over 50%. He’s a solid mid-range shooter overall and was among the league leaders in steals a couple years back. His signing is just about getting young assets that will look good packaged together in the trade market.

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    Jake in Minnie July 16, 2010 at 6:49 pm #

    http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/nba/news/story?id=5386506

    Bulls just signed Brewer, so , I will assume he will be the starting SG.

    If John Lucas III keeps playing well in summer league, he is most likely at least going to get a training camp invite.

    So, right now we have (9/13):

    PG: Rose
    SG: Brewer, Korver
    SF: Deng, JJ
    PF: Boozer, Taj
    C: Noah, Asik

    If we resign Big Bad Brad and If Lucas sticks around, we have a minimum of 2 spots to fill…

    I think a combo guard and anotherforward would be nice.

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    Jake in Minnie July 16, 2010 at 6:52 pm #

    TreyDog,

    Keeping Flip Murray is probably not a bad idea.

  15. Raevyrn July 16, 2010 at 7:00 pm #

    To the anonymous #3 post, I’ll attempt to explain the salary cap. It’s a soft cap with a lot of exceptions. Due to how few players are on a team, there are a lot of advantages provided for the home team to retain their own people and maintain their brand.

    Salary cap is 58 million or so. That means you can only have salaries up to this point. Exceptions are for resigning your own players and filling out your own roster for the league minimum of 13 players. For filling out your roster, it’s league minimum and scales based on years played in the NBA.

    If your team starts out OVER the salary cap going into the next pre-season, you get a mid level exception(MLE), which this year is about 5.8 million. There is also a bi annual exception which to my understanding is 1.8 million this year. You can split this two exceptions any which way you want among however many players you want. However this is typically spent on one to two people to get quality and then the rest of the salary filled with minimums.

    The luxury tax threshold is different from the salary cap to allow teams some wiggle room to retain their own stars. For the upcoming year, it’s about 70 million. That means that for every dollar over 70 million, you pay a dollar in tax to the NBA front office. This money is split among the FO and all the other teams in the league that are BELOW the salary cap. This tax isn’t applied till the END of the season. A team can make trades in the middle of the season to try and lessen the burden.

    So yes a super rich owner can just buy a really good team but it is costing him a ton of dough. It’s why people wanted Larry Ellison to buy the Warriors, he’d be able to afford going over the luxury tax pretty easily seeing as how he has 28 billion. In Orlando’s case, the new arena is supposed to help offset this added cost and they believe their window is now before the Heat get their MLE and Biannual next year and establish a scary roster, or teams like the Thunder and Blazers, Bulls really start to put it together.

    If any of this is off, please feel free to correct and chime in with your view. Hope this helps.

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    DJ July 16, 2010 at 11:48 pm #

    WHo care? I am so happy that the Bulls did not end up getting J.J. Redick as a back SG! For what we were offering him, it was to much money.

    Now we have Ronnie Brewer! who came out cheaper, taller and lil bit more younger, to balance out our SG position with Kyle Korver.

    Kyle Korver will come in for offense, to help the Bulls score quick points when they are down and Ronnie Brewer with come in to slow down great players from scoring like: Wade, Ray Allen and all those other good SG out their in the East!

    All we need right now is to add another decent backup PG in case D. Rose gets hurt and plays small minutes.

    Some like: Earl Watson, Carlos Arroyo, Rafer Alston, Jamaal Tinsley or Acie Law to a 1-2 year contract. Plus most of these guys can’t ask for that much money since most of them are old. lol

    GO BULLS!!!

  17. matthew July 17, 2010 at 12:19 am #

    starting lineup

    pg) rose
    sg) brewer, kyle
    sf) deng, jj
    pf) boozer, taj
    c) noah, asik

    thats who the bulls have now

    ok flip throws jump shots up but makes bout 13 points off the bench.
    he isnt scard to shoot, wich for the bulls good, because he is a combo guard who can still play, and play for cheap,

    jj rid is 25 i think but he is a back up sg we would have been paying 7-8 mill his 1st 2 years stupid.

    but i say get flip, brad miller, matt burns, and maybe another point guard like acie law, or jamal tinsly

    we just gota fill out the roster. thats it our team is set for the most part.

    but brewer is a 13.7 points a game 2 years ago he was hurt last year but still got 10.0 points a game. still better then jj rid. stats.

    but this team is set to run and gun it, but i think the bulls just need to match the bucks

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    Zac July 17, 2010 at 6:28 pm #

    T-Mac as a 1 year stop-gap isn’t that bad.

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    Tim Sharp July 17, 2010 at 11:27 pm #

    3.I am not very clear on how the salary cap works. What is the purpose of the salary cap if rich billionare owners are allowed to go deep into the luxury tax and pay extra to keep high payed players. To me, if you have a rich owner then the salary cap serves no purpose. Am i wrong?

    Comment by Anonymous — July 16, 2010 @ 4:34 pm
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    yes, you are wrong, research more and then post comments!!

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