In the hours before a game, J.J. Redick sometimes has a gut feeling about how he’ll play.
Now, with the NBA trade deadline looming Thursday at 3 p.m, he doesn’t have a gut feeling whether he’s in his final days as a member of the Orlando Magic.
“It’s weird,” Redick said a few minutes ago, after the Magic completed their shootaround for tonight’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats.
“You sometimes get a feeling, like, ‘I’ve got a feeling that I’m going to have a good game tonight.’ Whatever it may be. I don’t have a feeling either way on this one. If anything, I’m just kind of waiting. But no gut-churning, no nervousness. I’m still going to play basketball, so it’s nothing life or death.”
Rumors have swirled around Redick for weeks. The Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks and San Antonio Spurs have been mentioned as being interested in acquiring the 28-year-old shooting guard.
Magic officials have remained silent about any specific rumors.
General manager Rob Hennigan has said that team executives have a duty to listen to offers for anyone and evaluate those offers.
Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said that he hasn’t mentioned the trade deadline to his players.
“We’ll worry about what we can control, and that’s coming to work and let everything else happen as it may,” Vaughn said.
Vaughn was never traded during his 12-year NBA playing career.
“My focus was doing my job because everything else you can’t control,” he said. “There’s nothing a player’s going to be able to start or stop. But they can control their job that day and that night, which is easier said than done, I agree with that. But why put yourself in a worrying situation when you can try not to?”
Redick is in the final year of his three-year deal, which will pay him about $6.2 million this season.
He’s averaging career highs in minutes (31.6 per game), points (15.3), rebounds (2.4), assists (4.4) and field-goal percentage (.459).
But he’s not the only Magic veteran who could draw interest on the trade market.
Point guard Jameer Nelson, wing Arron Afflalo and power forward Josh McRoberts, who also is in the final year of his contract, have value.
Afflalo, 27, has been traded twice in his career: in July 2009 from the Detroit Pistons to the Denver Nuggets and last August from the Nuggets to the Magic.
“If you love the game, the opportunity to play in the NBA is a privilege,” Afflalo said. “So regardless of what team you’re on, you should be happy and appreciative.
"You don’t like to have to move and things of that nature for guys who do get traded often or at any point in their career, especially during the year. I’ve never been traded during the middle of the season, so I can imagine that may be tough. But, honestly, I don’t think about it.”
Hennigan is in his first season as the Magic’s GM, and he and Redick met with each other for the first time before training camp.
At that meeting, Redick remembered telling Hennigan that he didn’t want to be on the road in February and learn about an imminent deal through the media or from his agent, Arn Tellem.
Redick asked Hennigan to be open and honest with him if a trade was in the works.
“I’ve expected that,” Redick said, “and he’s followed through with that, and I appreciate it.”
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.