Trade rumors have been floating around the Boston Celtics for the majority of the season, and it's clear that the team needs to recalibrate the roster if it hopes to make one last push deep into the playoffs with an aging core of players.
Orlando Magic guard J.J. Redick has been the subject of plenty of rumors, thanks to his three-point accuracy and an expiring $6.2 million contract, and now Mark Stein of ESPN says the Celtics are focused on adding Redick to the roster before the Feb. 21 trade deadline:
Hearing Celts, even before season-worst 7-for-32 shooting from 15+ feet in NYK loss, have ramped up their interest in Magic's J.J. Redick— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) January 25, 2013
Size obviously Celts' priority if they do deal before Feb. 21 trade deadline but word is they hope to work way into Redick mix if they can— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) January 25, 2013
This isn't exactly a new rumor, but it does provide additional strength to the report out of Orlando from sportscaster David Baumann, who noted on Jan. 19 that the Celtics "covet" Redick.
It's obvious that Boston needs help with outside shooting. When it comes to three-point shooting, the Celtics rank 28th in makes and attempts, and 27th in three-point shooting percentage. Most quality offenses in the NBA shoot well from beyond the arc, because the extra point on each made shot boosts scoring efficiency in a profound way. Unsurprisingly, the Celtics currently rank in the bottom third (22nd) of the NBA in offensive efficiency and 14th in team True Shooting percentage.
Redick would clearly help the Celtics in those areas of need. The 28-year-old guard out of Duke is a career 39.9 percent shooter from downtown, and this season he has converted 39.8 percent of his attempts. He's also posting career-highs in PER (16.4), field goal percentage (45.8 percent), and points (14.9) and assists (4.4) per game. His 60.2 percent true shooting mark ranks 10th in the NBA.
If the Celtics hope to pry Redick away from Magic, it's obvious they would be buying him at the peak of his value. Boston may have to part with a combination of prospects and picks to get a deal done with Orlando, as the Magic are clearly in rebuilding mode and would have no use for veterans like Jason Terry and Courtney Lee. It may take a third-party facilitator to help bridge the gap between wants and needs for each party. The rumors are likely to get a bit messier if this particular hypothetical survives until the deadline.