Teams are regularly making more and more phone calls as we draw closer to the Feb. 21 trade deadline. Some teams are trying to add pieces to make a playoff push, while others are looking to build for the future. Here are a couple of the latest rumors.
J.J. Redick an attractive target – draws Celtics’ interest
According to a tweet by David Baumann, the Boston Celtics like what they have seen from J.J. Redick this season:
As Feb. 21 #NBA trade deadline looms, sources tell me the Boston Celtics covet Orlando Magic SG J.J. Redick.
— David Baumann (@DavidBaumann33) January 19, 2013
Redick is in the last year of his $6,190,000 contract, and is averaging 14.6 points and 4.5 assists per game this season.
It is understandable that a player of Redick’s caliber draws interest from many teams, including the Celtics. The time is running out for Boston as serious title contenders, as Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are not getting any younger. If Danny Ainge would want to enhance the roster, be it temporary, Redick’s expiring deal is definitely attractive.
Redick would offer the Celtics a great scoring threat come playoff time, but does the team have enough to offer to Orlando in return? I have a hard time seeing the Celtics parting ways with their young talents in Avery Bradley and Jared Sullinger, while Jason Terry’s or Courtney Lee’s contracts would hardly draw interest from the Magic.
David Kahn not prepared to make any big moves
There is no question that the Minnesota Timberwolves have been the most unlucky team this season. With Kevin Love being out for an extremely important stretch of the regular season, the Timberwolves can essentially kiss their playoff hopes goodbye. It is an unfortunate situation, but despite the team having lost 5 straight games, GM David Kahn does not seem to have a major deal in his mind. According to a FOX Sports North report, Kahn said this of pulling the trigger on any potential trades:
“I don’t think it will be something significant,”
“Whatever we do to address the now, the one thing we have to keep in mind is … it can’t be at the detriment of beyond,” Kahn said. “It has to be sensible for now and for the future.”
Kahn is right. All that remains for Wolves’ fans is to bite their lips and hope for better luck next year. Swinging any major names at this point wouldn’t really make any sense, as the team still anticipates a brighter future. Minnesota played some really good basketball earlier this season, even with Ricky Rubio having just returned from his knee injury and Kevin Love playing with a bad hand.
Still, Derrick Williams is a name that has time and again been brought up in various trade rumors this season and it wouldn’t be surprising if Kahn decided to let go of the former no.2 overall pick before the deadline.
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