J.J. Redick reveals that Brett Brown was biggest reason he chose 76ers; No. 1 pick solidified his decision
This year’s free agency has been filled with a lot of surprises, including signings and trades that not a lot of people saw coming. One of them was J.J. Redick agreeing to a one-year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers for $23 million.
Outside of the lucrative pay he will receive, the former Duke Blue Devil recently explained his decision to join the Sixers, despite generating a lot of interest from other teams around the league. He revealed that he had been wanting to join them since last season and that the biggest reason was head coach Brett Brown.
JJ Redick " To be honest coach Brown was the biggest factor in this decision."
— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) July 9, 2017
Redick indicated that he's wanted to be part of Sixers all along since end of last season, but that No.1 pick trade solidified feelings.
— Brian Seltzer (@brianseltzer) July 9, 2017
Although there’s no doubt that the 33-year-old is a good player, many do not think he is worth that big of a contract. But with a need for a proven shooter, the team did not hesitate in offering him a huge deal, to make sure they secure his services. Now they have a starting unit that could force a lot of problems for their opponents, especially with a good mix of young guns, and talented players.
Even the huge pay he is slated to receive for this coming season, Redick has made it clear that wasn’t the main reason he chose the 76ers. If he plays up to the expectations of the team, and proves that he is worth the investment, he could lead them to a playoff appearance and even secure another big contract with them next summer, which will allow him to play longer under Brown.