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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Can Magic Pull Off All-Dukie Trade? J.J. Redick For Grant Hill?

A little more than a year after parting ways, the Magic and Grant Hill would be interested in getting back together.
Neither Hill nor the Magic can say so publicly --- there's that thing called tampering --- but my sources are impeccable on this end.
Hill, who has one home in Orlando and is renovating another, would embrace a reunion despite feeling the Magic didn't try to keep him after his star-crossed seven-year career ended in 2007. He signed a two-year contract with the Phoenix Suns.
The Magic could trade, say, J.J. Redick for Hill in a transaction that might make sense for both sides.
At 36, Hill doesn't know if he fits into the Suns' plans after the season and can be a free agent after the season. The Suns just acquired shooting guard Jason Richardson and more moves could be on the way under General Manager Steve Kerr.
It doesn't appear that even with aging Shaquille O'Neal that the Suns can make a serious run to come out of the West against the Lakers.
Hill would give the Magic's bench a savvy veteran who can still score and play defense in bursts at playoff time, although Hill favors starting to keep his old bones warm.
The salaries of Hill and Redick -- Dukies from different generations --- almost match at around $2 million.
Redick wouldn't mind a ticket out, either. He'll go back to being the fourth-team shooting guard after Mickael Pietrus returns in a week or so.
While Redick's shot has deserted him, his dead-eye potential could interest Kerr, who won titles on the strentgh of his jumper. If the Suns are missing a piece, it's a pure shooter and maybe Redick could flourish in an uptempo offense, especially playing off of Shaq.
Brian Schmitz


  • At 7:10 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Interesting speculation, but it's probably doubtful if a trade like that would ever happen.

    I wouldn't mind having GHill back (but not as a starter), but seeing how some Magic fans were so angry and bitter after Hill's departure, you have to wonder if they would ever accept him back.

  • At 10:27 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    I'd take grant back in a heart beat. First thing first,if grant came back he wouldnt unseat anyone in the starting line-up,SVG isnt that type of coach. Second,if he was traded for JJ that would be a huge upgrade seeing as how we dont have a back-up SF. We've found a back-up SG in CL and we have the experienced KB who can pull double duty at that position when injuries happen. Seems like JJ's the odd man out basically because he's the least athletic of the three and truth be told KB and CL are shooting the ball better. Grant would give us another ball handler off the bench,savy play that would allow hedo and rashard to not play as many minutes during the regular season. On the other hand JJ playing with steve nash might be just what he needs,an uptempo PG who loves to pass in transition.

  • At 10:37 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    We've watched JJ for a good while now as a pro and i question if this league is even right for him,if he got an offer similar to the one josh childress got from a euroleague team i wonder if he would take it? CL in his first year has shown better defense,better ball handling,better shooting and just over-all better play than JJ. And the difference in athletic ability is really telling the story,everytime CL forces a steal then catches a two handed alley-oop and throws it down i say to myself "JJ cant do that which is what separates them,and thats why he's on the bench". On another note:I think JJ could make more money and be a star in the euroleague where athletism isnt so important.


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