JJ Redick spoke about his decision to sign with the Philadelphia 76ers as a free agent rather than the Houston Rockets or Brooklyn Nets.
Redick (who is coming off what he calls “the four best years of his career”) left the Clippers this offseason to sign with the Sixers. He spoke about this on his new podcast. Redick previously had a podcast on The Vertical network, formerly run by Adrian Wojnarowski for Yahoo.
However, he switched over to Uninterrupted — owned by LeBron James and run by Maverick Carter.
On the first episode with Carter, he spoke openly about his decisions during this free agency period.
Los Angeles Clippers
On the podcast, Redick spoke about his decision not to re-sign with the Clips, which he said wasn’t much of an option.
“I knew they weren’t going to be really able to commit financially long-term to a third shooting guard at a high rate, it’s just unrealistic. You can’t have thirty to forty million dollars to one position.”
He knew before the free agency period began that the Clippers would not bring him back for next season.
In June 2016, he purchased a $4.25 million penthouse in Dumbo – one of the more expensive neighborhoods in Brooklyn. This is his new offseason home.
“The one team for Chelsea was the Nets. I was certainly interested in the Nets. I love what they’re building there … But once they were kind of off the table, it created a little bit of chaos.”
He called his wife’s influence for him to go to Brooklyn “a real pressure” before he eventually made his decision to sign with Philadelphia. His family will primarily live in Brooklyn next season.
Redick said on the podcast Chris Paul was recruiting him to join him on the Rockets.
“It wasn’t about the money. Houston offered me more money than Philly. Total money. They offered me more money. I knew in Houston, I was going to come off of the bench. Me and Eric Gordon do a lot of the same things… It wasn’t necessarily going to be what I wanted at this point in my career for the court part of it.”
The big attraction to the Rockets is Redick wanted to play for a contender, but Redick eventually signed a one-year deal for $23 million with the Sixers.
He stressed on the podcast how much he wanted a long-term deal, so even though he signed a one-year contract this may not be a short stint in Philly (via CSN):
“My hope is that this is a long-term thing and that I’m here three or four years and can finish my career as a Sixer.”
Redick received predominantly positive feedback on the Philadephia roster as well as coach Brown and No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz.