Sixers news: JJ Redick says Rockets’ offer went down from four to three years
However, things broke down that allowed for the 76ers to swoop in and add the 33-year-old on a lucrative one-year contract. During an interview with Bryan Kalbrosky of HoopsHype, he revealed it was Rockets general manager Daryl Morey that crushed this potential pairing from coming to fruition.
“They offered four [years] and then they went three. Daryl [Morey] always has a million things going on, like in A Beautiful Mind with all of the stuff written on the chalkboard. I’m sure he had four or five deals out there [he was working on]. The day before free agency, I thought it was a four-year deal. Chris Paul and I talked for about 30 minutes the night before free agency started. I wanted to go there.
“[It didn’t work out] – some of it was numbers and some of it was other factors like relocating the family and – I hate to say this – but you never know with Daryl and how he operates. A three-year deal could really be a six-month deal if you get dealt at the trade deadline for a superstar as part of a package of six.”
Although it would have been an opportunity to continue playing alongside Chris Paul, there is certainly the unknown factor of how long he would remain with the team. Morey has built a history of making moves with just about any player if he feels that it’s for the betterment of the team.
Redick could easily fit in that category as he would have had to adjust with the Rockets given they already had two other premium players at the shooting guard position in All-Star James Harden and reigning Sixth Man of the Year Eric Gordon. It could have created a log jam with him being the odd man out.
There were plenty of potential holes that Redick may have avoided by choosing to go to the 76ers where he could be part of a huge resurgence this upcoming season for the franchise.