HoopsHype JJ Redick rumors

December 14, 2014 Updates

Former Bucks guard J.J. Redick has settled in with the Clippers since signing as a free agent (eventually a sign-and-trade deal) in the summer of 2013, after an ill-fated 28 games with Milwaukee. The Bucks traded promising forward TobiasHarris to Orlando in a deadline deal for Redick, but then guards MontaEllis and BrandonJennings never meshed with the former Duke star. "There weren't a lot of basketballs when he was here," Rivers said with a laugh. "And he had a tough go. "J.J. is a byproduct of ball movement and teams that are unselfish. That's why you kind of felt like here he would fit, because we have that type of group. "He would struggle on a team that doesn't move the ball. He lived in Orlando and I got to see him a lot, so I probably had inside intel on him. I think you need guys like J.J. on your team. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

November 21, 2014 Updates

Doc Rivers enlisted the help of Clippers broadcaster and former NBA power forward Michael Smith when a reporter inquired about J.J. Redick's shooting struggles. Asked Rivers, motioning to Smith: "What would you do?" Replied Smith: "Keep shooting." Los Angeles Times

"It's a long season," Redick said, "so I believe in the law of averages. It will all work out in the end." Redick has rebounded from slow starts before, making 35.7% of his shots and 30.2% of his three-pointers in November 2010, only to finish that season making 44.1% of his shots and 39.7% of his three-pointers. Los Angeles Times

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Adrian Wojnarowski: Doc Rivers trying to work sign-and-trade w/ Cavs for Hawes, preserving Clippers exception to still target Paul Pierce, sources tell Y. Unless Clippers are willing to trade JJ Redick or first-round picks to Nets for Paul Pierce, a sign-and-trade is unlikely, sources tell Y Twitter @WojYahooNBA

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Redick, who had been so rudely introduced to Sterling's dysfunctional ways when he nearly nixed his contract just days after reaching an agreement, refused to blame Sterling for this loss. "Was it a small part of the emotional (expletive) that we went through for the last few weeks? Yeah, it was," Redick told USA TODAY Sports. "But you invest so much in every playoff game. Emotionally, it takes a lot out of you. Going seven with Golden State, that was an emotional thing in itself. And then the way we won Game 4, the way we lost Game 5." USA Today Sports

May 5, 2014 Updates

He had once given white center Chris Kaman a five-year, $52 million deal, and how that contract panned out (or didn't, as Kaman played 195 games in the next four years of that deal and was traded to New Orleans with a year and a half left) appeared to be coloring Sterling's judgment on this deal. In a way, it was a mirror-image of the issue that would be front and center 10 months later. "I've been told both ways: one, that he didn't want to pay me because I was white, and that he didn't want to pay me because I was a bench player," Redick said. "I didn't know (the deal almost fell apart) until after the fact. I just got a weird phone call from Doc on July 4, and I got off the phone and said to my wife, 'Something's going on.' He's like, 'You better play for me (expletive).' And I was like, 'Yeah, that's the plan. We figured this out two days ago, right?' "And then he just rambled a bit. ... but he never really got into the nuts and bolts of what was happening. And then I got a call about 48 hours later from my agent, and he said, 'We wanted to keep you out of it, but here's what happened.'" USA Today Sports

May 4, 2014 Updates

Each has his own vantage point. Each has his own emotions. Each has his own response. But the story about J.J. Redick and his surreal first season with the Clippers captures the Donald Sterling experience as well as anyone's. At 29 years old and having made the calculated choice as a free agent last summer to come play for coach Doc Rivers and this talented team, Redick was exposed to the Sterling dysfunction from the start when his sign-and-trade deal to come to Los Angeles nearly fell apart after his four-year, $27-million deal had been agreed upon. USA Today Sports

Allegedly Sterling, the man whose racist comments sparked this whole furor, didn't think a white player could possibly be good enough to make that kind of money. He had once given white center Chris Kaman a five-year, $52 million deal, and how that contract panned out (or didn't, as Kaman played 195 games in the next four years of that deal and was traded to New Orleans with a year and a half left) was coloring Sterling's judgment on this deal. In a way, it was a mirror-image of the issue that would be front and center 10 months later. "I've been told both ways: one, that he didn't want to pay me because I was white, and that he didn't want to pay me because I was a bench player," Redick said. "I didn't know (the deal almost fell apart) until after the fact. I just got a weird phone call from Doc on July 4, and I got off the phone and said to my wife, 'Something's going on.' He's like, 'You better play for me (expletive).' And I was like, 'Yeah, that's the plan. We figured this out two days ago, right?' USA Today Sports

May 3, 2014 Updates

"They're young men," Rivers said. "It shouldn't be African-American men. We have two white guys. It's about being human. No one was happy about it. J.J. Redick was just as pissed as Chris Paul, and that's the way it should be. "Having said that, our goal is to win the NBA title and we're not going to let anything stand in the way of that. That's adversity that we didn't want but we have it and we have to deal with it and we'll deal with it internally but we're not going to share it with anybody else." ESPN.com

April 29, 2014 Updates

When Sterling became reluctant to honor Rivers' sign-and-trade agreement for J.J. Redick, there was a belief race played a factor. As one league source said, "Sterling thought it was too much to pay for a white player." Yahoo! Sports

Yes, Sterling didn't want to so easily part with Eric Bledsoe, despite Rivers telling him they could never afford to pay Bledsoe in restricted free agency next summer. That was part of it, yes, but those who knew Sterling – who had history with him – believed largely that his disdain for paying $7 million per year for a white player caused him pause. Yahoo! Sports

Through the years, his racism has been sometimes subtle and often overt. For those failing to understand why a racist like Sterling never preferred white players, it cut to the heart of his stereotypical stances on athleticism and strength and talent. Mostly, he's never loved paying white players. In that way, he has an absolute plantation prism with which he sees players: He always preferred long, strong, physical players. To him, that's a basketball player: Big, black and strong. Yahoo! Sports

April 28, 2014 Updates

Contrary to Paul and Blake Griffin, Clippers Glen Davis and Redick acknowledged they were distracted over the Sterling situation. "There was a lot going on today," Redick said. "Unfortunately besides all the peripheral stuff, we played a team that played a great basketball game." Said Davis: "You're going to think about it. It's on your brain. It's on your mind. You can feel it. But you got to move past it and move forward." Yahoo! Sports

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