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Bulls Trade Rumors: Addition of J.J. Redick Would Be Huge Coup for Chicago

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30:  J.J. Redick #7 of the Orlando Magic celebrates his three point shot in the second half against the New York Knicks on January 30, 2013 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The New York Knicks defeated the Orlando Magic 113-97. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Richard LangfordCorrespondent IFebruary 6, 2013

The Orlando Magic need to deal J.J. Redick before he hits free agency, and the Chicago Bulls would be foolish not to go after him.   

Apparently, I don't need to tell the Bulls this. HOOPSWORLD's Alex Kennedy tells us that the Bulls have been "linked" to Redick, and he points out that, in 2010, the Bulls gave him a three-year, $19 million offer sheet.

Before we get too deep into this, OrlandoMagic.com's John Denton has a bit of news that could change everything: 

Obviously, if there is some serious damage, this trade will never happen.

If he is going to be fine, there is no rush for the Magic to deal Redick, but there is little doubt they will eventually send him off to the highest bidder. 

Redick is having a nice season as he has evolved into a more complete player. At 39.9 percent from distance, Redick's three-point field goal percentage is actually down from last season, but he is setting career highs in points (15.3), assists (4.5), rebounds (2.5) and field-goal percentage (45.2). 

The problem for Orlando is that it is terrible. After a decent start to the season, the Magic have fallen apart, and the worst record in the league is a far greater destination than the playoffs. They need to start their rebuilding process now. 

The Magic already have shooting guard Aaron Afflalo under contract for the next two years at $7.6 million per and then a player option for $7.8 million in the third year.

They have way too many holes on this roster to get in a bidding war for Redick. Instead, they need to try and create a bidding war in the trade market.  

Still, with his contract status, that bidding war should not get out of control. 

Redick would be an instant upgrade for the Bulls. His PER of 15.3 is higher than any Bulls guard other than Nate Robinson, and his shooting would be a huge addition to this defensive-minded team. 

With Redick, the Bulls would get a scoring boost while they wait for the return of Derrick Rose, and when the reigning MVP does return, he will have another sharpshooter to pass it out to. 

Redick's heady play and shooting would be invaluable addition to this team in the playoffs. 

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