Why It Makes Sense for New York: Redick can step into the starting 2-guard spot that Jason Kidd, Ronnie Brewer, James White and Shumpert have split over the course of the season. They still keep an outside shooting threat to make up for the loss of Novak, whose minutes and productivity have both dropped since Amar’e Stoudemire returned to the lineup. They are in “win now” mode, and Redick is the best player in this deal. When a defensive 2-guard is needed, Brewer is still available.
Why It Makes Sense for Orlando: Teams in rebuilding modes have to sell off their older assets when their value is highest, and that is certainly the case with Redick. Shumpert gives them a shooting guard who is a better defender, Novak becomes Ryan Anderson 2.0, and the future looks all the more brighter — especially with the Magic being owed first-round picks from Denver/New York (the lesser of the two) in 2014, Philadelphia in 2015 and the Lakers in 2017.
Why it Makes Sense for the Bulls: They are nearly $4 million over the luxury tax threshold, and a salary dump of Hamilton allows Jerry Reinsdorf to maintain his perfect record of never having paid a penny in luxury tax – while also opening up more opportunities for Jimmy Butler and Marco Belinelli at the 2-guard spot. Makes sense if you are the pouch of leather known as Jerry’s wallet. Rip is not a luxury-tax worthy expense at this point in his career.
Why it Makes Sense for the Rockets: They have the salary cap space to absorb a player making Hamilton’s salary, giving them a player who could ensure they hang onto their playoff spot – and make them an even more dangerous team when they get there. Hamilton becomes a trade asset next season when he is on an expiring contract.
Will it happen? Money talks, right? Plus, Rockets GM Daryl Morey would like to put together a team for the playoffs that can beat the Thunder, who would be their opponent in a 2-7 matchup. If Morey can parlay his possible leverage hold on Reinsdorf’s wallet into prying Nikola Mirotic away from Gar Forman, he will clinch Executive of the Year.
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