REDICK LOOKS BACK ON TRADE FROM ORLANDO TO MILWAUKEE
For a large percentage of NBA players, hearing that you’ve been traded is something you’re likely going to experience.
Ten current Clippers have been dealt at least once in their careers, and with the exception of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan that includes every player on the team with at least two years of experience.
Chris Paul was famously traded to the Clippers. Matt Barnes has been traded to twice, including once on Draft day. Veteran Antawn Jamison is the team leader, having been dealt four times in his career and seemingly always as part of a blockbuster deal.
Until February, guard J.J. Redick was not a part of that list. He spent each of his first six seasons with the Orlando Magic, the team that selected him No. 11 overall.
Redick had grown with the Magic. After two years of little to no playing time he blossomed into the all-around two-way threat that he was in his brilliant collegiate career at Duke.
He talked about the mental adjustment it took coming into the league and not seeing the court as much as he had hoped.
“Initially, you don’t manage it well,” Redick said. “Unfortunately, a large percentage of guys their first couple of years do experience that. It takes some getting used to. My second year was particularly difficult because I had high expectations. You know, when you’re a rookie and going through it the first time it’s a little different.
“But you’re going through your second year, you feel like it’s the year you’re going to establish yourself and I didn’t play at all. And I think I had a choice. I could have essentially blamed my situation or blamed [then Magic head coach] Stan [Van Gundy] or just pointed fingers elsewhere. I ultimately decided to take responsibility and try to improve and that year forward I feel like I’ve gotten better every year in the league.”
He averaged at least 9.6 points per game in each of his past four seasons and has saw a steady increase in playing time from 22 minutes per game in 2009-10 to 30.5 in 2012-13. Still, at the beginning of last season, as he entered the final year of his contract, there was always a possibility Redick, then 28, would move on from a rebuilding Orlando team.
As the season moved along, and Orlando’s record lingered in the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, the chances Redick could be dealt increased. He said at the time he had no “gut feeling” one way or the other.
The trade deadline arrived on Feb. 21. After a few minor deals went down, he received a call from General Manager Rob Hennigan at 2:59 Eastern Time, a minute before the deadline.
“When the moment comes, there’s certainly an initial shock, and I was shocked,” Redick told the Orlando Sentinel on deadline day. “The most difficult part was definitely saying bye to everybody, people that I’ve spent a lot of time with over the last seven years and built relationships with and built friendships with. That was difficult.”
Five months later, wearing a dark gray Clippers shooting shirt, Redick reflected on his time in Milwaukee in an exclusive interview.
“I have mixed emotions about [getting traded],” Redick said. “For the most part, you essentially accept the fact that it’s part of the job and you’re getting paid to play basketball. Ultimately, I don’t feel Milwaukee with our team last year was… It definitely wasn’t a great fit. We didn’t play particularly well as a team down the stretch. Going into that I hoped we could kind of move up from that eighth spot and we didn’t. It was frustrating to a lot of people last year in Milwaukee.”
Redick played 32 games for Milwaukee, including a four-game sweep at the hands of the Miami Heat in the first round of the Playoffs. This summer, five months after being dealt for the first time, he was traded again, but this time he had a say in where he would go. As part of a three-team deal the Bucks sent Redick in a sign-and-trade to the Clippers.
He said he hopes that’s the last time he’s traded. If nothing else, at least not during the season again.
“Would I want to get traded again midseason? Hopefully, never,” Redick said. “There are so many factors that go into it.”