In fact, Redick and Bledsoe were involved in the same trade Thursday, likely much to the chagrin of Magic fans.
The Bucks, who acquired Redick, Ish Smith and Gustavo Ayon in February for Tobias Harris and Doron Lamb, received two second-round picks. Milwaukee essentially gave up Harris for nothing, to rent Redick and see if he would stick with them. Either the Bucks didn’t want to pay Redick – or J.J. wanted to play with a winner.
The Magic wanted Bledsoe, a back-up point guard behind Chris Paul, to be in their plans. They had offered the Clippers shooting guard Arron Afflalo in a deal, but the Clips were shopping Bledsoe everywhere.
A fan favorite in Orlando, Redick hit the bull’s eye Thursday. He landed a nice contract, a contending team, another top coach and a glamor city.
The former Magic shooting guard will reportedly sign a four-year, $27-million contract to complete the sign-and-trade, making roughly what he made in Orlando. But everything else is different.
Redick left a rebuilding team in Orlando that felt it couldn’t afford the luxury of paying another shooting guard (with Afflalo on the books) and lands with a contender now coached by Doc Rivers.Brian Schmitz is the Magic Insider for the Orlando Sentinel. You can reach him at email@example.com. And you can follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/@magicinsider.