It seems the San Antonio Spurs involvement in trade talks keeps growing, this time it has to do with Orlando Magic shooting guard J.J. Redick.
Add one more team to list of those showing interest in
@JJRedick: San Antonio. Magic, from start, have wanted no less than a first for him (ESPNSteinLine)
It might be surprising news considering the Spurs are interested in another guard for their team, especially when their large surplus consists of guards. However, Phil over at Orlando Magic Daily thinks J.J. would be a great fit in San Antonio and gives his thoughts on this rumor and more.
"I think San Antonio would be a great spot for Redick. Redick would really fit the culture in San Antonio. He is an extremely hard worker. He is a smart basketball player and usually makes the right play. He can spread the floor with his shooting. He understands where to be in team defense. Redick is underrated with the ball in his hands and has grown on defense and as a passer. He is not the same player he was in college by a long shot. Redick is itching for the chance to play for a contender again and would be a great addition to any championship team. He is a true professional."
"Can San Antonio get him? I do not see the Spurs having the assets the Magic want. Orlando is hoping to get a player on a rookie contract or a first round draft pick in return for Redick. That seems to be asking a lot and that might change as the deadline gets closer. But that appears to be the baseline right now. With so many teams showing interest, I get the feeling it will take more than an offer of (Nando) De Colo and the Spurs' first round pick. Then you have the question of is he worth the risk of not resigning him? He might be looking for a very rich contract this summer in the neighborhood of $10 million per year."
Redick is a different breed though, a guard who can play both 1-2 positions in a Manu Ginobili-type way. He'd make the team better on offense with his shooting and passing, but it's unknown what the Spurs are looking to give up for him if the deal were to go down.
We'll keep you posted on this and more trade news as it develops.
According to Yahoo! Sports, the Spurs have lost out on acquiring Redick.
Despite efforts, Spurs will fall short in bid for J.J. Redick, league sources tell Y! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 21, 2013
the thing about this trade is that because we dont really have any young assets or high picks like the magic would be interested in, the only way this is happening is if we take back a horrible contract like turkgolu and send them jacks expiring contract. what it think would be a nice treat to get out of this trade would be redick and mcroberts who is an athletic 4/ big 3 that can stretch the floor. in terms of being like manu like @CraigThomas disagreed with before, yeah hes not near the level of amazing that manu is but hes similar in that hes a combo guard with good size to run the point but also has the shooting ability to play the 2. However, if you say that all he is is a shooter then you havent been watching him this year. i cant remember where i saw it but that subject was actually brought up to him this past summer and he actually seemed to take offense to it. hes been working on expanding his game and has been a really good pick and roll player. his stats show he doesnt really pass, but thats because at this point where his team is hes been asked to just score. earlier in the season i think nelson was out for the magic though and redick took on a huge amount of the passing load quite well
in my opinion though hes a hell of a lot better player than neal and his attitude and work ethic fits the spurs perfectly. hes not a great 1 on 1 defender but hes good within a system and like everyone knows the spurs prefer high IQ players, which redick is. in addition to that, if this trade is pulled i think its more of a try out for redick. hes a FA this summer, we're gona have money, and like everyone knows manu is getting old. however, im not saying redick would replace him but with kawhi improving this move could signal an attempt to find something of two players replacing the production of 1. of course i see the spurs trying to keep manu but if they can sign redick for a good price i can see them doing it and going forward with a new sixth man. it wouldnt be a horrible move but i think trading for redick would show the spurs trying to move towards the future
Comparing JJ Redick to Manu... I have no words.
Why would we need another shooter who is sub-par defensively and cannot create for others off of the dribble? He is a carbon copy of Neal with who knows how much familiarity with our system and guys. Also his cost ($10 million!!) that he is seeking is unbelievably high when compared to someone like Green who also offers elite defense with his 3pt shooting. On top of this is our offer of Nando, who is a more suitable comparison to Manu when considering his dribbling and passing skills, along with a 1st round pick.
This deal makes me nauseous to think about on all levels. Notice to Spurs PATFO: WE NEED REBOUNDING, NOT 3PT SHOOTING.
@CraigThomas we're at 33.1 defensive rebounds per game, which would be 2nd in the league after Golden State.
the reason San Antonio is ranked low in rebounds is because we're at a low 7.9rpg on the offensive end (dead last in offensive rebound ranking).
we're really a good rebounding team where it counts. the reason we rebound less on the offensive end is because we're shooting better and scoring more than most teams. if we missed more shots, more offensive rebounds would be had. our bigs and rebounders are playing solid right now.
@Jose_G I actually just saw this! Thanks for clarifying why we have such a low rebounding rate. However, while on paper we are 2nd in defensive rebounding, to the naked eye, the Spurs look overmatched at times on the boards. This is especially so when Tim sits down. Tiago, while 6'11", often cannot corral rebounds and let's not even talk about Bonner or Blair on the boards. Our one hope is Kawhi and his uncanny ability to rebound.
My concern is, against the height and athleticism of the Clippers or Thunder, we will get pushed around down low and be unable to rebound when Tim or Kawhi is on the bench.
In addition to rebounding, I meant to say we need rim protection. This is an area where another mobile big would be very useful unless Baynes suddenly develops leaps and bounds within the next 2 months. That's why this JJ Redick business makes no sense to me. Tonight against the Clippers should be a good test to see exactly how we are on the defensive glass. I really hope we can get the win and prove myself wrong, but I have my doubts since we've already lost to the Clippers twice the years.
@CraigThomas I do not think Jose was trying to compare JJ to Manu in the sense he is the next Manu. Just saying it like JJ can play both spots like Manu. Even he knows there won;t ever be another Manu.