Bulls continue to make all the right moves, sign J.J. Redick to $20 million offer sheet


Thumbnail image for nba_redick.jpgThe Chicago Bulls have correctly identified their team’s biggest flaws — consistent production from the 4, perimeter shooting, supplementary scoring — and made move after move to make themselves a better team. They’ve picked up Carlos Boozer, signed Kyle Korver, and now, according to Chad Ford of ESPN.com, have signed Orlando Magic shooting guard J.J. Redick to an offer sheet for a three-year, $20 million contract.

This, ladies and gents, is a strong contingency plan. Adding Travis Outlaw and signing Tyrus Thomas to an offer sheet? That’s something else.

Of course, Orlando could retain Redick by simply matching Chicago’s offer. They did that very thing last summer when reserve center Marcin Gortat signed a five-year, $34 million sheet with the Dallas Mavericks. That may be a bit pricey for a reserve, but GM Otis Smith and Orlando’s ownership have made it clear that the team is willing to pay for well-fitting, talented pieces. That description seems to fit Redick perfectly, as he came into his own last season as a defender, a shooter, and a functioning member of the Magic roster.

Three years and $21 million is fair for Redick, but a bit on the pricey side. It could be worth just enough to deter the Magic from matching, especially considering their already substantial payroll. Orlando has $81 million on the books already for next season without Chris Duhon, uncommitted free agent Matt Barnes, or Redick’s pay raise on the books. This offer leaves just enough intrigue to keep listening; it’s seemingly well within market value for a player of Redick’s caliber, yet just high enough for the Magic to consider saying goodbye.

Khris Middleton dunks, Jimmy Butler can’t stop him (VIDEO)

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Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.

Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.

Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.