What follows is a sentence that I never thought I would type three years ago:
The Orlando Magic had no choice but to match the three-year, $20 million offer to JJ Redick.
Orlando did just that Thursday, according to FanHouse (and confirmed by other sources now).
Redick came into the league with that Duke hype and was a guy who could knock down the three. And that was about it. He had trouble seeing the floor because Stan Van Gundy wants guys to defend.
But credit to Redick because he wanted it, he worked hard and developed his game. He made it happen. He can defend now, he makes the right decisions on offense, and plays under control even under pressure. And he can still knock down the three.
Orlando needed to match for two reasons. One, he’s now a key part of their rotation and if they are a team serious about their title chances they need him on the floor. It was not a coincidence that he was getting some key minutes from Vince Carter in the playoffs.
Second, if Orlando didn’t match, Redick would have gone to Chicago. There is an arms race in the East now with Miami and Boston (Jermaine O’Neal makes them even bigger and longer) and everything Chicago has done. Redick would have been a perfect fit at the two in Chicago, and the Magic can’t let another good team in the conference get better like that.
Orlando’s ownership is spending to win, they could have a payroll pushing $84 million (as it stands now). That’s way over the luxury tax line, but in the arms race in the East they have to spend to have a chance.
On Monday, Dion Waiters agreed to a one-year, $2.9 million deal with the Heat, far less than most people thought he would get as one of the few significant free agents still on the market. Tuesday afternoon, he posted an explanation on Instagram for his deal.
Here’s what he said:
I didn’t do it for the money… I did it for the opportunity to go out & ball & have fun. Everything else will take care of its self!!! I just felt like it was the best situation for me…& my family. I could have waited & got wat I wanted. But I rather be happy then miserable at the end of the day!!! Meaning Yu can have everything & still not be happy… #heatnation let’s get it!!! #provethemwrong #stamped #Philly
It seems clear, based on the market, that the kinds of offers Waiters was hoping for weren’t out there for him. In Miami, with Dwyane Wade gone, he’ll probably start at shooting guard and have plenty of opportunities to prove himself in hopes of landing a long-term deal next summer.
While we wait for the Celtics to make a bigger move to trade for another star, they’re filling out the end of their roster. Sheridan Hoops’ Michael Scotto is reporting that they’ve signed Demetrius Jackson, the No. 45 pick in last month’s draft, to a four-year deal.
Jackson declared for the draft after his junior season at Notre Dame. Talent-wise, he has the chance to be a major steal for Boston — DraftExpress has him ranked as the 17th-best overall prospect in this year’s draft class. But he might not play much his first year. The Celtics’ roster is already crowded and there’s still the chance that they’ll make another move with some of their much-vaunted assets if the right star becomes available.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have signed undrafted rookie free agent center Matt Costello of Michigan State.
The 6-foot-9, 245-pound Costello averaged 5.7 points and 5 rebounds on the Hawks’ summer league team in Las Vegas.
Costello averaged 10.7 points and 8.2 rebounds as a senior at Michigan State. He holds the school’s career record with 146 blocked shots.
Terms of the deal were not released.
Jamal Crawford knows how to get buckets.
He does it against NBA level defenders, so put him in a free-flowing pro-am — let’s say the Seattle pro-am in his hometown — and he barely breaks a sweat dropping 44. And nailing the game winner.
Doc Rivers hopes to see a lot of that next season.