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