John Hammond hopes J.J. Redick fits in at guard
Making a three-guard rotation work is the challenge facing the Milwaukee Bucks. If it works with newcomer J.J. Redick complementing Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, the Bucks should return to the playoffs after a two-year absence. If it doesn't. . . well, it won't be a pretty picture. The 28-year-old Redick said Friday he is looking forward to his opportunity in Milwaukee after being acquired from Orlando in a trade-deadline deal Thursday. "I have a great deal of respect for Brandon and Monta as players, two really dynamic guards," Redick said during a news conference at the Cousins Center. "And I actually think I fit well because I'm a guy who doesn't need to have the basketball in his hands a lot. I don't need a lot of touches necessarily; I don't need a lot of dribbles. That's not my game. "I'll continue to be who I am as a player and that's just a quick decision-maker. Drive, pass, shoot, whatever it may be. But get off the ball and let those guys play to their strengths." Redick was acquired along with forward Gustavo Ayon and guard Ish Smith in exchange for Beno Udrih, Tobias Harris and Doron Lamb. The Bucks had targeted Redick as a player who could help their perimeter shooting and provide a needed boost as they seek to secure an Eastern Conference playoff spot. "It's our players' responsibility to help him fit and it's his responsibility to fit," general manager John Hammond said of the three-guard rotation. "I think if guys are willing to accept the process, there's no reason it can't happen. It really comes down to this: Do guys want to win.
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