Rockets offered J.J. Redick more total money than 76ers did
During the NBA’s free agency frenzy, many teams vied for the services of one of the premiere marksmen in the league, J.J. Redick, who was a foregone conclusion of being on his way out from the L.A. Clippers after the team had other plans following the Chris Paul trade and the acquisition of multiple assets in return.
Among those with their crosshairs on Redick were the Houston Rockets, who reportedly offered the 6-foot-4 sharpshooter more total money than the one-year, $23 million than the Philadelphia 76ers ended up signing him to in the opening day of free agency.
“It wasn’t about the money,” said Redick during his first podcast on Uninterrupted. “Houston offered me more money than Philly. Total money. They offered me more money.”
“I knew in Houston, I was going to come off of the bench. Me and Eric Gordon do a lot of the same things… It wasn’t necessarily going to be what I wanted at this point in my career for the court part of it.”
While the Rockets were able to commit to the Duke standout long term, the opportunity to start for a young Sixers team was ultimately more appealing for a guy who is coming off the best four years of his career with the Clippers and has been a role player for the vast majority of his professional career.
Gordon is coming off a Sixth Man of the Year season and will likely still be the best option off the bench, making Redick more of a luxury asset than an important piece of the puzzle for the team.
A beefy $23 million and a chance to come back and test the free agency market again next offseason was an offer too good for Redick to turn down, betting on himself to put up the numbers to garner a long-term commitment from either the Sixers or another team hoping to improve its long-range prowess.