If it doesn’t happen this year, Redick is hoping that he can stick around long enough to win one, even if it means just being a veteran voice on a team. “At this point, at the end of my career, whether its starting on a team, or coming off the bench, or being the 15th guy, it really doesn’t matter to me because I just want to have that feeling,” he said.
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JJ Redick wants to continue to witness the maturation process of 76ers teammates Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons first-hand. “This is something that I’ll reiterate that I said last summer when I signed here. I want this to be a long-term thing,” the shooting guard said Sunday morning.
Redick is having a career year after signing a $23 million, one-year deal with the Sixers on July 8, 2017. The 33-year-old was averaging career bests in scoring (16.7 points), rebounds (2.5) and minutes played (31.6) heading into Sunday night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the BMO Bradley Harris Center. His 3.2 assists were his second highest average over his 12-year career. “I love playing here,” Redick said. “I love playing with these guys. I love playing for Brett [Brown]. This has been a fantastic experience.”
While he will face free agency again next summer, he said he would prefer to stay with the Sixers – though he does understand things can change in the NBA. “It is the ideal scenario … I also understand given their cap situation and given the age of their core that even if I do stay for two or three years, it may only be on one-year deals.”
“I’m only on a one-year deal, but I’m hoping this is sort of a long-term thing and I can kind of grow with these guys,” Redick said. “Because they really have one of the best cores in the league. So, I think our focus this year from training camp going forward is trying to get better every day. Ultimately, as a team we’ve all talked about it, we want to make the playoffs this year.”
Noah Coslov: Great to have @JJRedick back with podcast @uninterrupted – said that #Rockets offered more $ than #Sixers
JJ Redick signed a lucrative $23 million, one-year deal with the Sixers, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s going anywhere next summer. Redick envisions this contract as only the beginning of a lengthy tenure in Philadelphia. “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 said Saturday.
The Sixers met Redick’s criteria as well. A young team on the rise. A roster that complemented his skills. A head coach he greatly respected. “I really believe this is a team that over the next three or four years will become the best team in the East,” Redick said. “I hope I’m sort of part of that rise just beyond this year because I think we can be a playoff team and I think in the next two or three years we can contend for conference championships and hopefully at some point NBA championships.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: JJ Redick on agreement with 76ers: “It’s where I wanted to be.”
Jon Krawczynski: Redick was looking hard at Minnesota, but never could get Wolves to fully engage. Heading East isn’t a bad choice
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Adrian Wojnarowski: JJ Redick has agreed to a one-year, $23 million deal with the 76ers, league sources tell ESPN.
Tim MacMahon: JJ Redick’s decision will be a domino that clarifies the market for C.J. Miles. According to a source, Miles is a Plan B for multiple teams who have made Redick a priority. Miles, a versatile defender who averaged 10.8 points and shot 41.3 percent from 3-point range for the Pacers last season, has positioned himself to receive a significant raise.
Alex Kennedy: Clippers re-signed Blake Griffin, but @WojESPN says JJ Redick is gone. Teams will call about availability of DeAndre Jordan, Jamal Crawford.
Darren Wolfson: #Twolves have inquired on C.J. Miles. But sense is he’s in the Plan C or D category. Would have to miss on Redick or a PF to proceed on.
Darren Wolfson: Redick market can move fast. No #Twolves offer yet, I’m told. But all it takes is one more call. Interest here no surprise.
Alex Kennedy: As I tweeted earlier, PHI is pursuing veterans with BIG one-year offers. @WojESPN says 76ers are offering J.J. Redick one-year, $20 million.
John Ledesma: WOJ: “JJ Redick won’t return to LAC. Minny has been open to give JJ a 3-4 year, Sixers might offer a big contract (for 1 year)”
Free agent JJ Redick is meeting with the 76ers, league sources tell ESPN.
Alex Kennedy: No surprise, but it’s looking like the bidding war for J.J. Redick’s services will be ridiculous. He’s going to get a really big payday.
Brad Turner: JJ Redick interested in joining Rockets if finances can work, per source. He still looking at 76ers, Nets for between $16-$18 million a year
What that means for Blake Griffin’s future in Los Angeles remains to be seen, but as for the Clippers’ third key free agent, J.J. Redick, the CP3 trade made certain that he will leave town. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst was on SportsCenter after the Paul trade went down, and said, of Redick: “I haven’t even mentioned the name JJ Redick. JJ Redick is walking. He is not gonna be back. That was the worst kept secret in the NBA for the last couple of months.”
Multiple league sources I’ve spoken to expect the Sixers and Nets to make a hard push at Redick. Were he to go to either of those teams, Redick could receive an opportunity unlike anything he’s had before. He is one of the greatest 3-point shooters in league history, and is coming off a season in which he averaged a career-high six 3-point attempts per game. That’s a lot of triples, but it’s not enough. Even Sixers swingman Robert Covington averaged more last season, at 6.1 per game, and he shot only 33.3 percent. A gunslinger of Redick’s caliber should be averaging about 8.5 treys, in the same range as Klay Thompson or Eric Gordon. Had Redick taken 8.5 3s last season and posted the same 42.9 percent clip, he would’ve averaged 18.2 points per game. Redick could receive those chances with the Sixers or Nets, all while living within close proximity to his home in Brooklyn.
Brian Lewis: Two sources told me #Nets interest in JJ Redick is real. Owns $4M condo in Dumbo, worked out w/ @Jeremy Lin could be good influence on @D’Angelo Russell
Redick and Mbah a Moute are luxuries the team can’t afford to keep. With $11.8 million and $14.2 million tied up in Austin Rivers and Jamal Crawford, respectively, bringing back Redick at a likely price tag of $16 million annually isn’t an option. The Redick contract alone would cost the Clippers an additional $70 million in luxury tax if Paul and Griffin are signed to max contracts.
In a podcast recorded after the dust had settled from the NBA Draft Lottery, Adrian Wojnarowski said J.J. Redick, an unrestricted free agent this summer, is being sought not just by the Clippers, but by three Atlantic Division teams, the Nets, Knicks and 76ers. Woj stated that the Sixers appear to have the most interest, but that the Nets may want to add the 6’4” shooting guard, if the price is right. “Brooklyn, the Knicks are teams that have interest in Redick. We’ll see how far they’re willing to pay,” Woj noted.
J.J. Redick, who is an unrestricted free agent, is looking to earn $18-20 million per season, according to the officials. The Clippers probably won’t pay that much, the officials said, but the team won’t rule out re-signing Redick for the right price.
Anthony, if he so wishes, could be at the heart of their makeover. According to sources, the Clippers were interested in obtaining Anthony before the Feb. 23 trade deadline, but the Knicks turned down all of their offers — none of it making sense for Jackson at the time. More options will spring open this summer, including Redick’s free agency. With the Knicks lacking 3-point prowess, Redick is a 3-point marksman who wasn’t made available in January and February.
The 31-year-old Paul and the 28-year-old Griffin will be seeking maximum-salary contracts, deals that would respectively start at approximately $35 million and $30 million annually. Redick, the 32-year-old who was recruited by Rivers not long after he arrived from the Boston Celtics in the summer of 2013, is sure to land a massive payday as well. Working projections peg the total at approximately $196 million in all, with $140 million in salaries and $56 million in luxury tax (and Redick, in that scenario, having a starting salary of approximately $18 million).
Lots of people say it might be time for the Clippers to break things up and start over, but when we asked J.J. if he’d do everything in his might to stop that … his answer was a simple “yes.”
Word is that some within the organization are concerned Redick is going to be too pricey to re-sign when the sharpshooter, like L.A.’s starting point guard and power forward, hits the open market in July.
Several league sources labeled Redick as a non-starter for Rivers and company and there is a belief that Redick already has committed to re-sign in July. Like Griffin and Paul, Redick is viewed as a core piece, and while his $7.3 million price tag is likely going way up, there is a belief that Rivers and the Clippers are ready to pay it. The problem with that is they won’t control it, so things could get interesting at the deadline, but the sense is Redick is staying put.
Asked if he would consider returning to the Magic, Redick told me, “Come back to Orlando? I definitely wouldn’t rule it out, for sure. Chelsea (J.J’s wife) and I have a lot of great memories here.” The Magic would be lucky to have him (rumor is, they could use a shooter), but why come back to a struggling team? Besides, GM Rob Hennigan would have to eat considerable crow for that to happen.
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April 20, 2018 | 7:52 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Knicks are meeting with David Blatt in Europe next week on head coaching job, and plan also to interview Spurs assistant coach James Borrego, league sources tell me and @Ian Begley.
Blatt, who coached in Turkey this season, confirmed to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that he will be interviewing with the Knicks. The former Cavaliers coach has a relationship with Mills; the two played together at Princeton and remain friends.
On ESPN, @Lisa Salters is interviewing George Hill on-court before Cavs-Pacers. Asks him what his role is on this Cavs team; he says “I don’t know, I’m still trying to figure it out.” Says for tonight, if team focuses on defense, offense will follow.
Will Guillory: Interesting note from today: Rajon Rondo said the Pels had the best Big 3 in the NBA before Boogie got hurt: “At a point, right before Cuz got hurt, that was my argument. Hands down, we had the best Big 3.”
April 20, 2018 | 6:57 pm EDT Update
A day after making his playoff debut, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid said he is ‘built for’ postseason basketball. “I feel like I’m one of the most physical players in the league – I love contact, I love attacking, I love going to the free-throw line,” Embiid said on Friday after scoring 23 points in the Sixers’ Game 3 win over the Miami Heat a night earlier.
Embiid felt ‘sore’ on Friday but said that he felt no discomfort in his face at the site of the orbital bone fracture. “I need about five massages today. It hurts,” Embiid said, drawing laughs from reporters. “But it’s the NBA. I’m trying to get back in the groove.”