Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel hears from scouts who say J.J. Redick is the Magic's best trade chip, but Schmitz doesn't think the team can get fair value back for him, and urges the Magic to re-sign him this summer, given his commitment to the club. The Sentinel columnist also passes along a few noteworthy rumors, and we'll round them up here.
- Redick tells David Baumann of Sports Talk Florida that he wouldn't be "blindsided" by a trade, though the team is reportedly in no rush to deal him (hat tip to Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld). Redick also points out that since he's on a three-year deal, he's ineligible to sign an extension this season.
- Redick said that he and his wife love Orlando and that he remains committed to the team "as long as we're going the way we're going," which Schmitz interprets to mean that Redick is satisfied as long as the team is taking the necessary steps toward contention. Still, Redick said he'd have to "weigh" playing for a team already in the title picture if such a club makes him the right offer in free agency.
- The effect of last night's shoulder injury notwithstanding, scouts have told Schmitz that the improvement of Glen Davis has made Big Baby a more intriguing trade target. Davis is in the second year of a four-year, $25.7MM deal, but the 26-year-old is averaging career highs in nearly every category. A Davis trade would hurt the team now, Schmitz argues, but help the Magic down the road.
- The Magic aren't opposed to buyouts, according to Schmitz. Still, they're already on the hook for more than $4.56MM to three players — Quentin Richardson, Christian Eyenga and Justin Harper — who are no longer on the roster. My guess is that the Magic might be looking more closely at buyouts for Hedo Turkoglu and Al Harrington next summer, when their contracts become partially guaranteed, but that's just my speculation.