NBA Players Under Severe Scrutiny, JJ Redick and Adam Morrison, Have Options Extended
Well. Almost everybody.
Earlier this week, the Magic activated the option on J.J. Redick, the 2006 draft pick who's been stuck on the bench for the last two seasons. Redick had actually requested a trade last season and after no trade was found, just kind of accepted his lot in life. There's been a lot of talk about Stan Van Gundy not liking the young three point specialist's attitude, but after some heady work in preseason, Van Gundy has praised J.J. Redick. Still, there seems to be more pressing needs for the Magic than a 6-4 shooting guard who's biggest contribution in the last two years has been on his blog. Redick can be of help, but is he really the missing piece for Orlando, enough to justify the option?
Elsewhere in the Great Moments in Questionable Small-Market Team Decisions section, the Charlotte Bobcats decided that the Magic were having way too much fun with their little "Let's Extend the White Shooter That Hasn't Been Able To Adjust To The NBA" game and decided to get in on the action.
The 'Cats activated the option for former Gonzaga star (and yes, known crier) Adam Morrison. Morrison has had even more trouble getting in meaningful minutes in the preseason after coming back from injury. What's worse, his game is unfathomably limited to shooting, shooting, and shooting some more, the one thing the Bobcats have a lot of. The Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell thinks it's a move to set up Morrison as a viable trade candidate, increasing his cap value and removing his trade veto.
That was my first reaction to both option enactments. While Redick has more upside at this point and played considerably better when given opportunities, I'm not wholly convinced that Stan Van Gundy doesn't dislike the kid and wants to stick with veterans he doesn't have to groom outside of superfreak Dwight Howard. And Morrison at this point needs a change of scenery more than any tough ankled coaching from Larry Brown. If this helps to get them moved, great, but bear in mind the financial ramifications of these options if they don't get them moved. If someone would like to drop the front offices a note letting them know the stock market's in the tank, that would be great.