There may not be a player in the league with a more uncertain future than J.J. Redick. Yes, Rudy Gay might get traded and Boston has no idea where that team might go after Rajon Rondo's injury. Before the season though, no player seemed more certain to get moved than Redick.
Everyone seemed to recognize that.
That has changed somewhat though as the season has gone on. Redick has not changed his position -- he would like to stay in Orlando if possible, but understands the business -- but Orlando has begun to reconsider Redick as part of the team's future plans. He is turning in a career year and has been the Magic's most consistent player throughout the year.
Still, with the risk of losing him in free agency this summer, Orlando has to consider dealing the sharpshooter. And there are, of course, several teams in need of a shooter in the Playoff race.
The Magic still have about three weeks to weigh their options and figure out what to do, but one important change Rob Hennigan has implemented with this team is an air of openness and an open channel of communication between him and his players. Redick told Michael Scotto of RealGM that Hennigan has been up front with him and his agent during the ongoing trade discussions:
My agent (Arn Tellem) has kept me in the loop and Rob has kept me in the loop,” said Redick. "Nothing is imminent, nothing is in the foreseeable future. I expect that there will be more discussion, more serious discussion I should say, around the deadline. If I’m here, I’m here. If I’m not here, I’m not here. There’s nothing I can do to control that situation.
This theme of Hennigan being open with his players about their status on the team is decently chronicled. A source close to Redick said that such meetings like the one Redick described to RealGM with Hennigan happened earlier in the season as Hennigan was establishing his starting point with the Magic's transition. Remember also that Quentin Richardson told the Orlando Sentinel that Hennigan was very open and forthright in informing him that he might get cut to make room for DeQuan Jones.
This new tact is one the players, who know the future of the franchise is very much in flux, surely appreciate.
Redick took that interview to again re-iterate that he wants to stay in Orlando and that it is a place he is very comfortable with. Of course, the Magic cannot risk the dollars and cents not lining up and losing such a valuable player for no return either. Remember: Orlando is trying to collect assets right now for future building.
It is still pretty unclear what the Magic will do with Redick. What is pretty clear is that they will field offers and make a decision on what to do with Redick's future by the February 21 deadline.