(The 2013 NBA trade deadline is February 21st at 3PM ET. WTLC is exploring potential trade ideas that could bolster the Thunder's chances during their playoff run.)
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What the Thunder need:
A dedicated 3-point specialist.
One of the reasons why the Thunder lost in the Finals last season to the Heat was that Miami had two designated 3-point specialists in Shane Battier and Mike Miller, both of whom were integral to the series (and they added another this year - the NBA's all-time leader in 3-pointers made, Ray Allen). OKC has Kevin Durant and Kevin Martin who can knock down the 3-point shot, but is that enough? Should they try to find someone whose sole job is to stretch the defense? Is Magic guard J.J. Redick worth pursuing?
Trade Scenario 2) The Thunder trade Redick for Maynor, Lamb, and Liggins, and 1st round pick (via Toronto).
Redick is a 6th year shooting guard averaging 15.3 PPG, 4.5 APG, and is hitting 40% of his 3-point shots.
Redick is lesser version of James Harden. He is capable of scoring and distributing the ball and solid from 3-point range. Depending on how he fits in the rotation, he could provide the same type of offensive spark off the bench that Harden had given but could just as easily end up bumping Sefolosha from the starting 5. Has the ability to create his own shot, but it's a good rather than great ability to do so. Solid playoff performance in '11-'12 averaging 10.8 PPG., 3.2 APG and 1.0 RPG. in 24.6 minutes of action. Redick is surprisingly sound defensively.
Jeremy Lamb is essentially a cheaper and younger version of Redick and should be expected to reach similar production levels in due course.
You'd be giving up a valuable draft pick either way and a "don't trade this unless you're getting a hell of a deal" pick if it's the Toronto pick. In addition to that you'd be losing either Jeremy Lamb or DeAndre Liggins, possibly both, for what would probably be a one year rental. There's also supposed interest from the Bucks, Pacers, Celtics, and Bulls for Redick. A bidding war along with an Orlando Magic front office that's in no hurry to trade and, as reported by SB Nation's Pinstriped Post, asking quite a bit as it isn't a good thing. It would likely mean having to give up the Tonronto pick in addition to a Lamb or Liggins.
Although tempting, it is a bad idea. Reddick would be a great get, but only for the right price. If OKC can pull off the trade with some combination of Maynor, Lamb or Liggins but not both, and the Dallas pick, I'd be more open to the idea. That's probably not going to be the case and OKC can realistically get a 1 or 2 guard with a similar first name without losing as much.
What do you think?