According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Denver Nuggets are unlikely to make a deal before Thursday’s trade deadline. While I tend to agree. nothing is guaranteed until the clock strikes.
One of the players the Nuggets have been tied to all season has been J.J. Redick of the Orlando Magic. I wrote yesterday that Redick wants to re-sign with the Magic in the offseason so it’s unlikely that they will deal him.
If the Magic were smart however, they could ship Redick away and get a nice return. The Magic are rumored to be asking for a first round pick for Redick and deservingly so. The 28-year-old Duke graduate is 15.3 points per game this year, up from his 9.2 per game average over the course of his career.
There have been rumors that the New York Knicks and the Magic have discussed a deal that would send Iman Shumpert to Orlando for Redick.
The Nuggets could use Redick as their three-point shooting and free throws have been their biggest challenge all season. Currently, only one Nuggets player has a higher three-point percentage (Evan Fournier .448 percent on just 29 tries) than Redick does. Also, Redick’s .887 free throw percentage would be the top percentage on the Nuggets right now.
The Magic have made it clear that they’d want a young point guard for Redick before, and that’s something that the Nuggets don’t have. What they could do however, is get a third team and swing a deal.
I was looking over at our good friends The Denver Stiffs and a possible trade they had laid out on the table that caught my interest.
Nuggets receive Samuel Dalembert from the Milwaukee Bucks and Redick from the Magic.
Bucks receive Jameer Nelson from the Magic and Wilson Chandler from the Nuggets.
Magic receive Brandon Jennings from the Bucks and Timofey Mozgov from the Nuggets.
I don’t know about you, but I like it.
The Nuggets get something for Mozgov and get rid of Chandler who has made it known he’s asked for a trade. Of course, they still have depth now with Dalembert at center and a three-point specialist in Redick.
The Magic get their point guard they want in Jennings and also have Mozgov who they could re-sign for cheap at the end of the season.
The Bucks get a replacement for Jennings (although not nearly as talented) and a 25-year-old with a ton of potential in Chandler.
While the deal is very unlikely to happen, anything is possible.