Redick, who used to work for Wojnarowski’s The Vertical podcast network, told him that Philadelphia was the place he wanted to be.
JJ Redick on agreement with 76ers: "It's where I wanted to be."— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2017
Seconds before Wojnarowski revealed the news of Redick’s signing, the 33-year-old shooting guard tweeted the NBA’s most popular slogan, hinting at his deal with the Sixers.
Trust the process— JJ Redick (@JJRedick) July 1, 2017
Redick averaged 15 points a game last year, and shot 44.5 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from beyond the arc in his final season with the Los Angeles Clippers.
This move comes as quite a surprise considering most reports involving Redick discussed how he would be looking for a longterm commitment. Redick met with the Sixers right after midnight, an indication of serious mutual interest. Wojnarowski reported early Saturday morning that Philadelphia was hoping to offer him a one-year deal worth “$20 million-plus”, but also indicated that it would probably take more of a commitment to sign him to sign the veteran.
At the end of the day, Redick either didn’t command the multi-year deals he was expecting to, or truly wanted to play for the Sixers. Early indications make it seem like more of the latter. Wojnarowski had this to say in his article:
Redick has long been intrigued with signing with the Sixers, impressed with the franchise's young talent and enthusiastic about playing for coach Brett Brown. Redick recently located to the East Coast from Los Angeles, where he spent the past four seasons with the LA Clippers.
From an on court perspective, Redick provides Philadelphia with a deadeye shooter who feels like the final piece to a really intriguing starting five. A lineup of Markelle Fultz, Redick, Robert Covington, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid provides a fantastic mix of pace, shooting and versatility on both ends of the ball. With Redick in the starting lineup, Nik Stauskas, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and Furkan Korkmaz on the bench, the two guard spot now has some fantastic depth.
The terms of this deal are what makes it an absolute no-brainer for Philadelphia. It provides the Sixers with immediate help at a position viewed as an area of need without jeopardizing the team’s financial flexibility down the line. While Bryan Colangelo reeled in one of the bigger free agents on the market, he did it on his terms. That’s starting to become a recurring theme this summer.
The Sixers still have approximately $27 million in cap space to use, and they’re probably not done making deals just yet.
As I wrote yesterday, PHI will surely use some of that room to renegotiate and extend Covington.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) July 1, 2017
Drafting Fultz, signing Redick and extending Covington would be quite the successful offseason. Two down, one to go.