76ers and Nets expected to pursue J.J. Redick in free agency
Much of the attention around the Los Angeles Clippers heading into the offseason has been focused on the future of their two All-Stars, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. Both franchise cornerstones are set to become unrestricted free agents next month.
However, the Clippers also have another key unrestricted free agent in veteran guard J.J. Redick. In light of that, Kevin O’ Connor of The Ringer is reporting that the both the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets will make strong pushes to sign Redick:
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.
Both of these teams have a pressing need for more offensive firepower following disappointing seasons for each franchise. Redick is coming off another productive campaign, averaging 15 points on 42.9 shooting from 3-point range. He could step in and become one of the primary offensive scoring options for either one of these teams thanks to his 3-point shooting ability.
This will likely come at a steep cost, as previous reports have indicated he is looking to garner deals with a base salary ranging from $18 to $20 million, which in itself could drive him out of the Clippers’ price range.
The route Los Angeles takes in free agency with both Griffin and Paul will likely have a major impact on Redick’s desire to return next season. Ultimately, if things appear to head in a new direction for the organization, the 33-year-old may play a big role in that by choosing to sign elsewhere.