Magic match Bulls’ 3-year, $19 mil­lion of­fer to re­tain Redick

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

OR­LANDO, Fla. — In a move that high­lights his re­mark­able NBA turn­around, the same Or­lando Magic team that once benched J.J. Redick shelled out $19 mil­lion Fri­day to re­tain the shoot­ing guard. They matched a three-year of­fer sheet that the Chicago Bulls made for Redick last week that could cost Or­lando much more.

The de­ci­sion drives the Magic deeper into the lux­ury tax and gives them one of the NBA’s high­est pay­rolls at about $93 mil­lion next sea­son. The move keeps Or­lando’s ros­ter mostly in­tact as the Magic hope continuity will over­come Mi­ami’s All-Star trio and Bos­ton’s big three in the East­ern Con­fer­ence. Shoot­ing guard will stay with the Magic. starter af­ter Vince Carter be­comes a free agent next sum­mer. gauskas from Cleve­land.

Mean­while, Mike Miller’s deal with Mi­ami is fi­nally com­plete, clear­ing the way for the Heat to fin­ish con­tracts in the com­ing days with Il­gauskas and Juwan Howard.

The agent for Ron­nie Brewer con­firmed that the guard has agreed to a three-year con­tract with the Chicago Bulls. Brewer fin­ished last sea­son with Mem­phis af­ter be­ing dealt from Utah at the trade dead­line in Fe­bru­ary.

A Bos­ton Celtics of­fi­cial says the team has reached an agree­ment in prin­ci­ple with guard Nate Robin­son on a new con­tract.

Dex­ter Pittman

J.J. Redick

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