MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Orlando Magic were in the process of finalizing two separate trades Thursday just before the NBA trade deadline expired at 3 p.m.
The first deal will send shooting guard J.J. Redick, point guard Ish Smith and power forward/center Gustavo Ayón to the Milwaukee Bucks for wing Tobias Harris, guard Doron Lamb and point guard Beno Udrih.
The second deal will send power forward Josh McRoberts to the Charlotte Bobcats for power forward Hakim Warrick.
Harris, 20, in his second NBA season, is averaging 4.9 points and 2.0 rebounds this season. Lamb, a 21-year-old rookie, has appeared in just 23 NBA games. Udrih is in his ninth NBA season.
Because they’re young, Harris and Lamb have inexpensive contracts and will be under team control for several more seasons. Udrih is in the final year of a contract that is paying him about $7.4 million this season.
The Magic were leery of committing significant long-term money to re-sign Redick because he is a role player and because the 15-month-old collective barganing agreement includes more punitive penalties for teams that cross the luxury tax threshold.
Plus, the Magic also had no guarantee that Redick would have re-signed with the team if it had kept him beyond this afternoon’s trade deadline.
Team officials determined that their best move was to gain assets now rather than risk seeing Redick walk away in free agency.
Redick has been frustrated by the Magic’s run of 26 losses over their last 29 games, and he realizes that the franchise’s rebuilding efforts could take years to complete.
He will turn 29 years old in June. By the time the Magic complete their rebuilding project, Redick could be well past his prime as a player.
Asked late Wednesday whether he wanted to re-sign with Orlando, he answered, “I haven’t thought about the long-term, to be honest with you. This whole season has been about trying to get better as a player and trying to put myself in a position for the deadline to be healthy and to be playing well, to be helping my team. And if I come back, I come back. If I get traded, I get traded. I’ll be the same guy. I’ll worry about the long-term after the season.”
Redick is having the best season statistically of his seven-year career.
He’s posting per-game career highs in minutes (31.5), points (15.1), rebounds (2.4) and assists (4.4), and he’s made 45.0 percent of his shot attempts, another career best.
He’s now in the final year of a three-year contract that is paying him about $6.2 million this season.
He is certain to become a free agent in July, because the collective bargaining agreement prohibits players in the midst of one-, two- or three-year deals from signing extensions.
McRoberts played sparingly in his lone season in Orlando, and his contract, which pays him about $3.1 million, is set to expire at the end of the season.
Warrick, 30, has never fulfilled expectations during his eight-year NBA career. The Magic will hold a team option on him for next season for about $4 million.
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