Orlando Magic guard J.J. Redick realizes that Tuesday night’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats at Amway Center could be his final home game as a Magic player.
But Redick said on Monday afternoon that he hasn’t received any indication that a trade is going to happen.
In fact, Redick said Magic general manager Rob Hennigan has told him that the team is "open" to re-signing him when he becomes a free agent this summer. Hennigan has stayed in touch with Redick and with Redick's agent, Arn Tellem, in recent weeks.
“As far as I know,” Redick said, “from two conversations I’ve had in the last month or so with Rob and from Rob and Arn talking, both sides are open to continuing this relationship. I think that’s the best way to put it.
“But this is a business. I have to make a business decision. And I know this from experience, regardless of any personal feelings or any emotional attachment to anything, a team is going to do what they feel is best for the team. And there won’t be any hard feelings if I get traded in three days or if they elect not to re-sign me this summer.”
Of course, plenty of time remains before the trade deadline arrives, and a deal for Redick or any of the Magic’s other veteran players still could be put together.
Hennigan, who rarely discusses team personnel issues publicly, has declined opportunities to comment about the team’s plans.
Redick is trying not to think about the possibility that Tuesday night will be his final home game as a member of the Magic.
“You’re dealing with another hypothetical,” Redick said. “I think that the right thing to do is to assume that I’ll be playing here for the Magic on Saturday night against Cleveland.”
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