The Orlando Magic dealt two former Duke standouts at the NBA’s Trade Deadline, sending SG JJ Redick to the Milwaukee Bucks in a six-player trade and PF Josh McRoberts to the Bobcats for Hakim Warrick.
Redick is the highlight of the six-player trade, with the Magic also sending Gustavo Ayon and Ish Smith to the Bucks in exchange for Tobias Harris, Beno Udrih, and Doron Lamb. Redick has been impressive in his final year of a 3-year, $19 mil contract, averaging career highs in points (15.1), assists (4.4), and FG% (.450), leading to the highest PER mark (16.3) of his career.
Redick was one of the more valuable role players available at the deadline and, considering he was in the final year of his contract with a Magic team that is in a full rebuilding mode, it is no surprise he has been dealt.
This season hasn’t been nearly as fortunate for McRoberts, however. The six-year veteran’s PER is down to a career-low 10.3, and he has struggled to score all year, shooting just 39.2% from the field while averaging just 3.9 points per game. His rebounding, arguably the biggest strength in his game, is also down, as he is pulling in just 11.4% of his rebounding opportunities.
While the two men both starred at Duke, Blue Devils fans remember them very differently. JJ Redick was a four-year star, a dominant shooting guard with seemingly unlimited range. During his historic career, Redick set numerous records, including the record for most ACC points, most ACC tournament points, and numerous Duke records. While the Blue Devils never won a championship during his time in Durham, he is forever solidified as one of the faces of the program.
McRoberts, meawhile, bolted for the NBA after two seasons at Duke, the last of which was one of the worst seasons in Duke’s recent history – the 2006-2007 season that saw the Blue Devils go 8-8 in ACC play before falling to VCU in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Is McRoberts to blame for that debacle? Absolutely not, but the fallout of the season left a bitter taste in the mouths of the Duke faithful, and McRoberts leaving a year earlier than he probably should didn’t help his cause.