In the hours and days leading up to today’s NBA trade deadline, J.J. Redick attempted to prepare himself for a possible trade from the Orlando Magic.

He thought he was ready. He wasn’t. At least not completely.

“I think you can prepare yourself as much as you think you can,” Redick told the Orlando Sentinel in a phone interview after he received the news. “But when the moment comes, there’s certainly an initial shock, and I was shocked. The most difficult part was definitely saying bye to everybody, people that I’ve spent a lot of time with over the last seven years and built relationships with and built friendships with. That was difficult.

“There’s no really easy way to handle it,” he added later. “Trading is tough, tough. It’s my first time experiencing it: It’s tough.”

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 “at about 2:59” to be told he was traded.

Redick didn’t accompany the team to Tennessee. He’s planning to arrive in Milwaukee on Friday morning.