J.J. Redick hopes to sign a long-term contract extension with the Magic.

Redick is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in July 2013.

“I love playing here and I love playing for Orlando. I love representing our fans and our city,” Redick said. “But I understand it’s a transition year for our organization. I’ve had conversations with Rob (Hennigan) and we’re both on the same page with my future going forward. I’ve given him my commitment that as long as I’m in Orlando and wearing a Magic uniform that I’m going to be a pro and give everything like I always have. He knows that and respects that and we’ll be fine.”

Redick believes the Magic, sans Dwight Howard, can contend for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. 

“It’s a different experience this year, not having Dwight. I’ve spent my whole career with Dwight and not seeing him is weird,’’ Redick said. “But I like the team and I like the group that we’ve had while working out at Amway. There’s a good spirit about our team and a real professionalism about our team. There’s an excitement because we’re new and full of energy. Guys have a lot to prove – whether it’s young guys or vets – we all have something to prove.”