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JJ Redick has surprising revelation as biggest regret of his NBA career

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Now retired from the NBA and officially a full-time podcast host, JJ Redick must be closely keeping tabs on all the issues surrounding the league. That of course includes the seemingly unending saga involving his former Philadelphia 76ers teammate Ben Simmons.

While the ongoing standoff has been sad, Redick said he has fond memories of his two-year stint with the Sixers from 2017 to 2019, serving as the third star behind Joel Embiid and Simmons. Unfortunately, the Sixers had to let him go to make room for Jimmy Butler and Al Horford.

In the latest edition of his The Old Man & The Three podcast, Redick admitted not returning with the Sixers still haunts him to this day.

“You can’t change an outcome because an outcome is out of your control. So, you can change a decision. I wish there was a way I could’ve gone back to Philly.”

One would think not winning the NBA title with the Orlando Magic in 2009 would be his biggest regret. But can’t blame Redick either for his sentiment, especially since it felt like the Sixers were on the verge of making the leap when he was there. He registered the best two seasons of his career with the team, averaging career-highs of 17.1 points and 18.1 points.

Despite this, he became the odd man out and couldn’t bring himself to take a massive pay cut with the Sixers. JJ Redick understood the economics of it all and decided to pack his bags. He eventually signed with the New Orleans Pelicans for $26.5 million for two years.