J.J. Redick’s gradual development has finally paid off, as the Orlando Magic will pay him $19 million over the next three seasons. However, there’s obviously something to be said about Redick signing an offer sheet with the Chicago Bulls in the first place; while J.J. does seem legitimately happy to return to Orlando, he clearly sees himself as something more than a reserve.
“I think I can start on a lot of teams. I don’t think I’ll start on
this team (now), and I’m OK with that,” Redick said Monday, according to the Associated Press. “I’d be
lying to say that I don’t want to start at some point.”
That ‘some point’ could have been now had Redick landed in Chicago, but as it stands, J.J. will likely come off the bench behind a giant paycheck named Vince Carter. VC has his moments, but as he continues to decline and Redick gets better and better, one can’t help but wonder if Carter’s status as a former star will be enough to help him hold onto the starting job.
Redick already looked like he may be the better overall player in last year’s playoffs, but Carter has another year left on his deal and will be expected to perform like his second billing suggests. He won’t, but his mere presence denies Redick what he could have had in Chicago.
Markieff Morris‘ frustrations last night didn’t end with his scuffle with teammate Archie Goodwin. They didn’t end with the Suns’ loss to the Warriors, either.
As Morris was leaving the court, a fan heckled him: “Markieff, you f—ing suck. I can’t wait until you’re traded.” Though Morris probably agrees with the second sentence, he flipped off the fan:
Though it’s difficult to confirm that video was from last night, it jibes with a previous report of the incident.
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Morris will likely at least be fined. Considering his previous behavioral problems this season – he threw a towel at Jeff Hornacek – I wouldn’t completely rule out a suspension. But a fine seems most likely.
An embarrassing lack of focus by the Rockets? I can hardly believe it.
Late in a game against a team Houston is battling for playoff position, Dwight Howard was just careless, stepping on the baseline as he inbounded the ball. It’s a needless goof, and he’ll get plenty of deserved criticism for it.
But don’t overlook Patrick Beverley‘s frustration foul on Damian Lillard before the ensuing inbound. That was nearly as foolish and even more costly.
The sequence sparked a 7-0 run for the Trail Blazers, who seized control of the game en route to a 116-103 win.
Marcus Smart went to tag DeAndre Jordan on the pick-and-roll, and Jordan took off from so far from the basket, he was dunking on Smart before the Celtics guard could do a thing.
The slow-motion replays are absolutely brutal.