J.J. Redick will almost certainly not return to the Milwaukee Bucks next season.
Since free agency tipped off at midnight on July 1, Redick has become a target for multiple teams, most notably the Los Angeles Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves. Quite a buzz was generated among Bucks fans yesterday when it was reported that the Clippers may be amenable to a sign-and-trade deal centering around Redick and Eric Bledsoe. The prevailing thought at the time was that the Clippers were ready to part with Bledsoe after locking Chris Paul into a franchise player, long term deal.
Unfortunately, some cold water was thrown on the idea of Redick for Bledsoe later in the evening:
Sounding more and more like Clippers might just hold on to Bledsoe.
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 2, 2013
Doc Rivers is said to still be weighing his options with Bledsoe, a young player he’s said to like a great deal. Other potential candidates to work out a sign and trade for the athletic and burly young guard are the Dallas Mavericks (O.J. Mayo), Toronto Raptors (Demar Derozan) and Orlando Magic (Arron Afflalo). Of those players, Redick may be the best pure “fit” for the Clippers, given his health, ability to work off the ball and shoot threes. But he has less of an ability to create offense out of nothing than a Mayo or a Derozan.
Last night, around the time when the rumors for Bledsoe were dying down, the Redick to Minnesota rumors started heating up.
Minnesota has 4 year offers out to J.J. Redick and Chase Budinger, sources tell Y! Redick is priority, but Wolves want to sign one of them.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 2, 2013
Milwaukee would without question prefer Redick landed with the Clippers rather than the Wolves. A package built around Bledsoe and Caron Butler (his contract would need to be included to make numbers fit) would be a fantastic coup for a free agent that’s leaving Milwaukee either way. The Wolves have enough room under the cap if they renounce the right to Andrei Kirilenko to sign Redick outright for a little over $6 million annually according to Zach Harper.
At this point, it seems the Clippers or Wolves are Redick’s most likely destinations, though we’re still early in free agency. His asking price is likely a little steep for most teams, so it’s going to take a team that thinks it is close to something – the finals for the Clippers and playoffs for the Wolves – to want to invest in him. It’s clear the Bucks are out of the running, either by their choice or his.
But that doesn’t mean Milwaukee’s gotten everything they can out of Redick just yet.