Excerpts from JJ interview after the trade:
â€śI think you can prepare yourself as much as you think you can,â€ť Redick told the Orlando Sentinel in a phone interview after he received the news. â€śBut when the moment comes, thereâ€™s certainly an initial shock, and I was shocked. The most difficult part was definitely saying bye to everybody, people that Iâ€™ve spent a lot of time with over the last seven years and built relationships with and built friendships with. That was difficult.
â€śThereâ€™s no really easy way to handle it,â€ť he added later. â€śTrading is tough, tough. Itâ€™s my first time experiencing it: Itâ€™s tough.â€ť
Redick and the Magic were still in Dallas when he caught wind of a possible deal around 2:30 p.m. Eastern, and he said he received a phone call from general manager Rob Hennigan â€śat about 2:59â€ť to be told he was traded.
Redick, who is in the final year of his contract, said he hasnâ€™t spoken with the Bucks yet about his long-term plans.
â€śI think with them bringing me in I assume they want to get into the playoffs, make a playoff run and try to get as high a seed as possible,â€ť he said. â€śHopefully, I can help them do that and weâ€™ll deal with the summer when the summer happens.â€ť
Hypothetically, he could sign with the Magic (as a free agent this summer), but he doesnâ€™t see that as a realistic possibility because the Magic are headed in a different direction.
â€śI think that door is probably closed, and thatâ€™s just my assumption,â€ť he said. â€śI canâ€™t imagine a scenario where that would be the case. Will our paths cross at some point in the future? Who knows? But in terms of this summer, I donâ€™t see that happening. I have no hard feelings. None whatsoever. I just canâ€™t remember that ever happening in the NBA [where someone was traded and then signed a few months later].â€ť
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â€śI canâ€™t overstate my level of gratitude for the Magic fans, for the Orlando community,â€ť he said. â€śI get a little emotional thinking about it just now. But I truly believe it was the place where I became a man, an organization that was very good to me. I was just proud to have been a part of the â€™09 team that made the Finals, proud to have been a part of six playoff teams. Iâ€™m grateful for the way the community embraced myself and [my wife] Chelsea. I canâ€™t overstate my level of gratitude.â€ť