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Looking Back On The Trade Deadline: Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magic

The trade deadline was exactly two weeks ago. So today, I want to take a look at the short-term effects the most important deadline deal had on its respective teams.

The biggest trade of the deadline was the swap Milwaukee and Orlando made, which sent Tobias Harris, Doron Lamb, and Beno Udrih to Orlando, and J.J. Redick, Gustavo Ayon, and Ish Smith back to Milwaukee.

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So how has the trade worked out for Milwaukee so far? Milwaukee made the deal solely to obtain Redick, so let’s take a look at how Redick and the Bucks have played since the deal.

Mar 2, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard J.J. Redick (5) during the game against the Toronto Raptors at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Milwaukee won 122-114. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Since the deadline, the Bucks have played 6 games, going 4-2, and widening the gap between themselves and teams behind them for the 8th seed in the playoffs. In those games, Redick has been very solid. He’s averaged about 13 points and 2.5 assists in 27.5 minutes a game off the bench.

While Redick has been coming off the bench, he has played all of the crunch time minutes so far. And there has been a lot of them, considering the Bucks have had two overtime games, and three other games decided by 5 points or less since he came to Milwaukee. Since the trade, Milwaukee, for the most part, has been closing games with Redick, Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis all on the floor together.

Redick’s three-point shooting is his main attribute, and has been a big help for the Bucks. He creates better spacing when he is on the floor, because his defender isn’t as willing to help off of him. While Jennings and Ellis like to shoot threes, they aren’t good at it. Redick gives the team another legit shooting threat to go with Mike Dunleavy.

So far, this trade has been a successful one for the Bucks. Redick has played well thus far, and will be a big help in the playoffs (which are looking more and more certain for the Bucks). It will be interesting to see if they are able to resign Redick, as he will be a free agent after the season.

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Trading Redick wasn’t something the Magic wanted to do, but since it was unlikely he was going to resign there in the summer, they tried to get the best deal they could. Beno Udrih will be a free agent after the season, and is most likely gone. Doron Lamb is a young, but has played sparingly since the trade. So the best piece Orlando got back from Milwaukee, and the one I’m going to look at, is Tobias Harris.

Mar 6, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Orlando Magic small forward Tobias Harris (12) reacts after fouling out of the game against the Miami Heat during the second half at the American Airlines Arena. The Heat defeated the Magic 97-96. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Harris, in his second year in the league, is only 20 years old. He played decent minutes early in the year with Milwaukee, but suddenly fell out of the rotation and rarely got off the bench in the middle of the season.

In the 7 games he’s played in since the move, Harris has been fantastic. He’s averaged almost 17 points and just over 6 rebounds in about 29 minutes a game while coming off the bench. What looked like just another prospect thrown into a trade to make the money work could end up being a steal for the Magic.

At just 6-8, there is some worry that Harris could be a tweener. Not big enough to be a 4, but not enough of an outside game to be a 3. So far, however, Harris has played very well.

He has certainly become a player to watch, and at just 20 years old, he looks to have a bright future ahead of him. If Harris can become a solid rotation player in the league, and another piece for their rebuild, then this will have been a successful trade for the Magic.

 

jmaloney