Orlando Magic Match Chicago Bulls’ Offer To J.J. Redick

July 16th, 2010 by Brian Chappatta Leave a reply »
J.J. Redick will not be a member of the Chicago Bulls next season, according to several reports.

Though the Bulls made it difficult for the Orlando Magic to match their three-year, nearly $20 million deal by frontloading the contract, the Magic felt it was worth the heavy luxury tax hit to keep their young shooting guard.

Redick has come a long way since being selected 11th overall out of Duke. He worked hard in the gym and bulked up while working on defensive foot speed.

All the while, of course, he never lost his jump shot.

Chicago nabbed sharpshooter Kyle Korver early in free agency, and many assumed the Bulls would get Redick as well to form one of the deadliest shooting duos in the league.

However, Orlando also places a premium on long-range shooting to keep the pressure off of its center, Dwight Howard. It is estimated that with the luxury tax hit, Redick will essentially cost the Magic $14 million next season.

That's lot to pay for a player who is likely to be a backup shooting guard.

Yet the Magic needed him, just as the Bulls did. Orlando is likely going to let Vince Carter go after the 201 ...

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