The Chicago Bulls will not have JJ Reddick as a new shooting threat.
The Orlando Magic shelled out $19 million today to keep Reddick and thwart the Bulls shot at signing him away.
“When it came down to it, when we’re talking about what we’re trying to do here, it came down for me to pedigree, DNA, things that most people don’t think about,” Orlando general manager Otis Smith said. “It was less about the money for me, being the basketball guy, and more about keeping a guy around that we’ve had in our organization for the past four years.”
The move pushes Orlando even farther into the luxury cap territory.
“You can’t have enough guys on your roster who at their core is just winning and that losing actually bothers him,” Smith said. “And he’s one of those guys who at their core are just winners, and you want to keep them around.”
Who the Bulls turn to next, we will just have to wait and see.