ST. FRANCIS, Wis. — J.J. Redick repeated this regimen countless times over the last few years.
As teammates trudged off the court one-by-one following practice Saturday, Redick stayed on the court, trying to perfect his shooting stroke. He worked quickly, at game speed, attempting to replicate the same wrist snap, follow-through and footwork over and over again.
But his circumstances have changed. He wasn’t training inside Amway Center’s practice gym, which is a short drive from Lake Eola with its swans and its palm trees. Instead, he was working out inside the gym at the Archbishop Cousins Center, which is a short drive from Lake Michigan with its seagulls and its snow-lined shore.
“It’s been an adjustment,” said Redick, who was traded by the Orlando Magic to the Milwaukee Bucks on Feb. 21, just minutes before this season’s NBA trade deadline expired.
“You don’t even really think about all the things you have to adjust to on the court, off the court. And then you have to go perform every night. It’s been a challenge. But, overall, it’s been great. It’s been positive. No complaints.”
The last few weeks have felt like a whirlwind to him.
And Sunday afternoon might resemble something even more forceful, because he’ll play against the Magic for the first time.
“It’ll be weird,” Magic point guard Jameer Nelson said.
Redick expects to say hello to everyone before or after the game, but he won’t make a big deal about it.
“I always thought it was weird — and this is just me — whenever there was a trade midseason or even sometimes guys that spent a number of years in Orlando, they’d come back and peek their head in the locker room before the game,” Redick said, smiling. “I always was annoyed by that. I don’t want to be that guy. The locker room is like a sacred place, and we’re not on the same team anymore.”
He recognizes the titanic change to his life each time he steps outdoors.
He chuckled slightly when he recounted how he now dresses in layers — an undershirt and a sweater and a sweatshirt and a scarf and a winter coat and possibly gloves and a hat.
Redick has counted four snowfalls in Wisconsin since the trade.
“Legitimate snow!” he clarified. “Not just flurries, but snow.”
The last few weeks have been so busy, with Bucks games and acclimating to his new home, that he hasn’t had much of a chance to reflect on the trade.
The Magic made the deal largely because Redick will be a free agent this summer and team officials didn’t want to make a significant long-term salary commitment at this stage of the rebuilding process, especially with Arron Afflalo already ensconced at shooting guard.
And even if the Magic had wanted to re-sign Redick, it was possible that Redick would’ve signed elsewhere and left the Magic without any assets in return.
Ultimately, the Magic received three players, with 20-year-old forward Tobias Harris as the centerpiece.
“I don’t have bitterness at all, and I didn’t even initially have any bitterness,” Redick said. “I just don’t think that’s healthy to hold any sort of grudge or anything. And, also, I get it. I totally get it. I get why I was traded. So I don’t have any ill will towards anyone in the Magic.
“Based on Arron being there and who’s in the draft this year and where the Magic are likely to pick, there’s no way they would commit anything to me long-term — not just me, but just anybody in my situation. From a business standpoint, from a cap-building and rebuilding standpoint, it wouldn’t make sense. I get that. That’s fine.”
The day of the trade was hectic.
At about 1:15 p.m. Eastern time, with less than two hours before the deadline, his agent, Arn Tellem, told Redick he wasn’t going to be traded.
At about 2:25 p.m., with the team on its way to Dallas Love Field Airport to fly to Memphis, Tellem called again to say that the Bucks might do a deal, after all.
Redick, Gustavo Ayón and Ish Smith and Josh McRoberts, who was in a separate deal, were kept on the team bus as their Magic teammates boarded the plane.
Then, they were told about the trades.
Redick received a call from Magic general manager Rob Hennigan at 2:59 p.m., one minute before the deadline.
Redick and the others boarded the plane and said their goodbyes.
He misses assistant director of team operations Sid Powell, equipment manager Jason Rivera, strength coach Joe Rogowski, athletic trainer Keon Weise, the coaches and his former teammates, especially Nelson.
“I miss Jameer a lot,” Redick said. “If there was a player and a person that I would say I miss the most, it would be Jameer. I enjoyed being around him. He saw me grow up. He was the one guy that has been there the whole time, and he saw me become who I am in terms of a pro and as a man and as a husband, and I’ve watched him grow, too.
“I’m not saying he’s my best friend or anything, but I have just an incredible level of respect for him, and I know he does for me as well.”
That bond took seven seasons to build.
Now, Redick is still getting to know his new Bucks teammates, coaches and staff members.
He said he doesn’t know what will happen in free agency.
“We’ll deal with that when it comes,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed my time here, and everybody in the organization has been great. I felt like my first two days here was like I was being recruited almost, like I was on a recruiting visit. Everybody was just so friendly.
“And as I’ve spent more and more time here, that’s been a consistency.”
Josh Robbins covers the Orlando Magic and the NBA for the Orlando Sentinel. You can reach him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and connect with him on Facebook at facebook.com/JoshuaBRobbins. Follow him on Twitter at @JoshuaBRobbins.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun