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Trade talk: J.J. Redick is a keeper

Davis' injury could affect value

Brian Schmitz

Magic Insider

10:54 PM EST, December 19, 2012

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The last thing Magic fans probably want to hear is trade talk.

Everyone just got over the grueling Dwight Howard marathon and are pleasantly surprised that the Magic didn't just secede from the league after he left.

So forgive my press passes, but 'tis the season.

Dec. 15 was the first day that players who signed new contracts in July can be dealt, putting more players into play, effectively dropping the green flag.

Given the current state of the Magic's rebuild, all players are on the block.

GM Rob Hennigan told me recently that they are always open to making the club better.

They'd really deal J.J. Redick?

You'd have to dangle Hennigan over the ledge of an Amway Center skybox to get him to shed any light on the team's direction before the Feb. 21 trade deadline.

It's not like I was asking for launch codes.

"It's top secret," he grins.

Several scouts have told me that Redick is the Magic's most tradable asset -- no surprise there, the way he's playing.

J.J. will be a wanted man. Playoff teams should be calling.

He is in the last year of his contract, a manageable, league-friendly $6.1 million. But it's hard to imagine a scenario in which the Magic could justify moving Redick or another team giving up enough to land him.

Forget about him being a fan favorite. He's become much more than that.

The Magic need to re-sign J.J. this summer because he's earned it, period.

He's become one of the league's best bench players, and yes, the club can afford two $6 million-dollar shooting guards, speaking of Arron Afflalo.

The only way you think about dealing Redick is if a team agrees to take on a pricey, lengthy contract, say Big Baby's. It would be a tough call for Hennigan.

Still, the bottom line to me: Redick makes his teammates and his community better. If the Magic trade J.J., they are going against everything they want their post-Dwight culture to be about.

"Chelsea (J.J's wife) and I, we love it here," Redick told me after Wednesday's win against the Wizards.

He said he's committed to Orlando "as long as we're going the way we're going," meaning taking the steps necessary to contend.

J.J. said he'd have to "weigh" playing for a contender if he receives the right free-agent offer.

It's early, but I don't know why the Magic have yet to talk to him about re-signing,

The Magic need to keep all the good players they can after losing Dwight. Money talks, but there are no guarantees that free-agent stars will trek to Orlando after previous stars have departed acrimoniously.

A few scouts also mentioned Glen "Big Baby" Davis transforming himself as a marketable commodity. But that was before he left Wednesday's game with a shoulder injury that could affect the Magic's uplifting start and his trade value.

Trading a healthy Davis would set back the team in the standings, but it would speed up the future.

Jameer Nelson would be tough to deal, considering he is making $8 million each of the next two seasons.

Hedo Turkoglu is owed about $12 million the next two seasons if he's traded in February, but doesn't have the value he once did. Al Harrington, making $6.6 million this season and about that over the next two, is expected to be on the block if he can prove he's healthy.

The Magic are not opposed to buying out players, either.

Surely, there are fans who have fallen in love with this club – Heart & Hustle reincarnated -- and they might fear it will change by trade deadline. It might, but do you want to cheer a contender one day or be entertained by a mediocre team?

I can guarantee you this: the next big trade the Magic make won't be as dramatic or nearly as complicated.

bschmitz@tribune.com.