Scanning over this article on the International Business Times gave me some thought to what could work if the Indiana Pacers pursued J.J. Redick and brought him in for the team. I haven’t thought that this Pacers team needed to do anything as far as trades goes because this team has been meshing so well. Sure, we could find something for Gerald Green as he’s been a bust for the team, but other teams will see that, and what they are going to give in return. There’s always the talk of what to do with Danny Granger, but once again, I don’t know if teams are willing to give up something of value for Granger. Therefore, this idea to bring in J. J. Redick could work if the Pacers part with the draft picks.
What other options could the Pacers have as far as trading? You look at Lance Stephenson who’s been so productive, but is worth J.J. Redick in return? Once Stephenson moves back to the second unit, I think he makes them a much better unit. He can provide some scoring punch. At the same time, bringing in Redick could help give that scoring punch. He’s having a great season averging 15 points a game on 46% shooting, so it could be worth the look.
Giving up according to this ESPN Trade Machine idea, Tyler Hansbrough and Gerald Green to match J.J. Redick might actually be a viable option. But then we lose a big body in Hansbrough. Someone who is just a bruiser when it comes to rebounding and getting to the loose ball. He’s not a big scorer, but does get those put backs at the basket. I’m not ready to part with that since the Pacers are a physical team. I don’t know if Redick would fit the mold of what the Pacers do defensively as well. He’s never been known for his defense, and with as impressive as the Pacers’ defense has been you might lose something with bringing in Redick.
Ultimately, I don’t think this is a good option for the Pacers even though they could use that scoring punch. Redick doesn’t fit the mold of someone who can really hustle around for loose balls, and I don’t like the idea of giving up a big body like Hansbrough. So it would be interesting to see what the Pacers would do to try to make this work.