HoopsHype JJ Redick rumors

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The Pacers know they need outside shooting help and would love to add Kyle Korver or J.J. Redick, both of whom will be free agents on July 1. Indiana’s other free agents are Tyler Hansbrough and D.J. Augustin, either of whom is expendable New York Daily News

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Redick will spend the offseason living in Austin, Texas while training at the University of Texas as he explores his options for the future. "I don't take anything for granted," Redick said. "If I have one option or four options this summer, I'll be excited about anything. I feel blessed that I made it through my seventh year, and I'm healthy and in one piece. I'm excited about the future. It's probably my only chance to be unrestricted during the prime of my career. It's exciting." As somebody who likes to keep a tight inner circle, Redick plans to consult with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, former Duke assistant and current Northwestern coach Chris Collins along with his wife and parents before he makes a decision. foxsportswisconsin.com

There was a feeling that it was only a matter of time before Redick broke out - or at least had one of his can't-miss games - but it never happened. Milwaukee lost 15 of its last 21 games, went just 12-17 after the Feb. 21 trade and was swept by the Heat in the first round of the playoffs. "I think you learn something from every situation," Redick said of his time with the Bucks. "I think it was a great, great learning experience. I'm a Christian, so my faith is a big part of my life and how I view the world and how I view things. I think that God doesn't want us to be complacent. I'm a believer in that. Often times we are placed in challenging situations or what we thought we were comfortable is now we are placed in a situation where we are playing catch up. It's all an opportunity to get better. I will reflect and learn and get better this summer." foxsportswisconsin.com

Why was the move to Milwaukee such a challenging situation for Redick? "Just being on a new team and coming to a team where guys were comfortable in their roles and now you are placed 54 games into the season," Redick said. "You have to adjust on the fly because you are comfortable doing one thing. It's a lot of adjustments. Basketball is basketball but chemistry is obviously an important part of playing." foxsportswisconsin.com

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While the Milwaukee Bucks would love to keep their three free-agent guards this summer -- Brandon Jennings, Monta Ellis and J.J. Redick -- they understand they'll realistically only be able to keep two. Jennings is the most likely to stay because he's a restricted free agent, which means Milwaukee can match any offer Jennings receives on the open market. Assuming no one overpays him, he'll be a Buck. Redick will be interesting. He's seeking a sizeable increase on his $6 million salary this season, but many executives don't think he's worth more. He'd certainly be a great addition to a contender in need of shooting, but on a middling team like the Bucks, Redick has been pedestrian, averaging 12 points on 40 percent shooting, well below the 15 points on 45 percent shooting he put up in Orlando earlier this season. Some scouts and execs believe the difference is due to the fact that Orlando, with little else on its roster, ran plays for Redick, running him off screens to get him open looks. But teams with more talent and better offensive options won't do that with regularity, which will limit Redick's effectiveness. ESPN.com

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