Trade Rumor Number Two:
For our second trade rumor, we built a deal around the player Marc Stein reported as the most likely to be traded. As with all our rumor series, this deal is an extrapolation based on rumor about one of the players involved. This deal would only be made after Granger has played a few games and showed that he is healthy going forward. The trade works salary wise because the Magic have an ample trade exception from the Dwight Howard deal.
Trade Source: Marc Stein “The Orlando sharpshooter is the player, with Gay off the board, most teams cite when asked to name a player who will definitely be dealt between now and the deadline.
Our old friend Ric Bucher recently reported that the Magic want draft considerations or a quality young player still on his rookie contract if they’re going to part with Redick, which sure sounds like the sort of wish list Magic GM Rob Hennigan would have been schooled to scribble out at Spurs U. and the graduate program in OKC.”
Why for Indiana:
With Danny Granger out for most of the year, the Pacers have found a new leader, Paul George. Thus far, George has had a career year after moving to the small forward position Granger has vacated. Due to this, Granger’s name has been rumored to be on the move once he becomes healthy.
The Pacers lack scoring, Lance Stevenson has been a good stop gap fill in at the two spot but Redick would give them the scoring and floor spacing they need. Redick would look great running off screens set by the Pacers two hulking big men, David West and Roy Hibbert.
Andrew Nicholson has shown himself to be a long, post scorer with a throwback game. Nicholson can
knock down jumpers in the pick and pop as well as finish with his back to the basket in the post. After this year David West is a free agent, Nicholson would be great insurance in case he was to leave. This move will improve the Pacers both this year and in the future.
Why for Orlando:
It has been widely reported that the Magic are looking to move JJ Redick. Redick is set to be a free agent after the season. JJ is due for a raise after averaging a career high 15.3 points. He is worth a higher price tag as a player that pushes a contender over the top, but for a rebuilding Magic team it does not make sense to pay a lot to keep a complementary piece.
Granger when healthy has proven that he is a top tier scorer in this league. Elite players do not grow on trees, despite Orlando having a ton of cap room don’t expect them to draw a max type player to a rebuilding team this offseason. Granger would give Orlando the number one scorer that the Magic could build around and take pressure off their promising youngsters.
If you haven’t already check out the first post in our trade rumor series or the third rumor do so here