The Boston Celtics' shooting troubles this season have been notable, with the team ranking 23rd in points scored. The team has particularly struggled with three-point shooting, ranking 27th in the league and making just 33 percent of their shots from beyond the arc.
According to ESPN's Marc Stein, GM Danny Ainge is seeking a quick fix in that very department. After the team shot just 17 percent from long range in a loss to the New York Knicks on Jan. 24, the Celtics have upped their interest in Orlando Magic shooter J.J. Redick:
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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. Redick1/25/2013, 1:31:33 PM
This season, Redick has done an excellent job off the bench for Orlando. He is averaging 14.9 points over 31.4 minutes per game, and is shooting an astounding 40 percent from three-point range.
The Celtics need to go all-in on their effort to acquire him, as his three-point prowess is desperately needed in Beantown. The loss of Ray Allen via free agency has affected Boston more negatively than initially anticipated, and replacements Jason Terry and Courtney Lee have not been able to fill the void.
Terry's 9.8 points per game are his lowest since his rookie year back in 1999-00, as is his 35 percent mark from long range. Lee has proved to be a better fit for a run-and-gun game over Doc Rivers' defensive approach, and he has averaged just seven points while shooting 34 percent from three-point range. Throw in that Avery Bradley is more a defender than a scorer/shooter, and it's obvious why the Celtics need Redick.
Fortunately for Ainge, trading for Redick could prove to be an easy task. He is due $6.2 million this season and has an expiring contract, so Magic GM Rob Hennigan could definitely be convinced to make a deal.
Call this pure speculation on my part, but in one potential scenario, the Celtics could acquire Redick and rookie Moe Harkless, who is turning into a solid defender while also working on his scoring game.
The only drawback, at least it could be viewed as one to Celtics fans, is that bench forward and spark Jeff Green would head to Orlando in the deal. Hennigan was part of the Seattle Supersonics front office crew that traded for Green on draft day after the Celtics grabbed him with the fifth pick in the 2007 draft, so a reunion of sorts is definitely plausible.
Keep in mind that no official talks for Redick have yet begun—at least not publicly—so discussing potential trades for him is still a bit premature. Still, there is no denying that the Celtics need Redick on their team, and badly.
Boston needs a shooter who can help stretch the floor for Rajon Rondo, as Paul Pierce's consistency is starting to fade, and Kevin Garnett is needed more in the paint than he is on the perimeter. Seeing as how Redick can shoot threes and also drive the lane on top of being able to create off the dribble (which the Celtics have also struggled with), acquiring him seems like even more of a necessity.
The fact is that Boston's offense is becoming a great concern, and unless a deal for Redick or someone with a similar skill set is made, the Celtics' season grows more and more in danger of becoming lost.