J.J. Redick doesn’t know whether he'll remain with the Orlando Magic beyond the Feb. 21 NBA trade deadline, but he doesn’t think he’ll be blindsided if the franchise eventually elects to deal him to another team.
Redick met with new Magic general manager Rob Hennigan before training camp, and during that meeting, they reached an understanding that Hennigan will do his best to give Redick a heads-up ahead of time if a trade seems likely.
“When Rob and I had dinner when I first came back to town from New York, that was the one thing that we promised each other: just openness and honesty,” Redick told the Orlando Sentinel.
“He didn’t say I could be traded. He said that if something happens, if there’s going to be something that is in the works, that he would obviously tell me. He hasn’t told me anything yet. I said to him, ‘I don’t want to be that guy that’s on the road in February in the weight room with my teammates in a different city and see it across the ticker or get a phone call from my agent.’
"I’d rather hear it from Rob, and he understood that. That’s one thing that he has proven with the Quentin situation.”
The “Quentin situation” refers to the way Hennigan communicated with Quentin Richardson before the Magic made their final roster cuts.
Hennigan reached out to Richardson and Richardson’s agent, Jeff Wechsler, a week before Richardson was waived and told them the team was leaning toward making that move.
Even after he was cut, Richardson lauded Hennigan for being upfront with him.
"I’ve got nothing but the utmost respect for the way Rob handled everything," Richardson told the Sentinel.
“I’ve been around long enough to know it was definitely a possibility, and I just appreciate the way Rob handled it. From Day One, I just wanted him to be honest and open with me, and that’s how he handled it. So I have no ill feelings about it.”
Redick, while disappointed to see Richardson leave, at least was cheered by the way Hennigan communicated with Richardson.
On a rebuilding team that could be poached for veteran talent as the Feb. 21 trade deadline approaches, perhaps no one is more aware of his uncertain future than Redick.
His contract will expire at the end of the season, and given the Magic’s desire to carve out salary-cap space, team officials might decide they’re better off dealing Redick and receiving an asset or assets for him instead of taking the risk that he’ll leave in free agency.
Redick said he has not asked for a trade, and he has told Hennigan that he would like to remain with the franchise for the long-term.
Josh Robbins covers the Orlando Magic and the NBA for the Orlando Sentinel. You can reach him via e-mail at email@example.com and connect with him on Facebook at facebook.com/JoshuaBRobbins. Follow him on Twitter at @JoshuaBRobbins.