Last offseason, the Philadelphia 76ers nearly lost JJ Redick in NBA free agency. This time around, it appears that the talented sharpshooter is ready and willing to remain with the Sixers in an attempt to make another push for a title. Beyond that, Redick is reportedly eyeing Philly as his home for the remainder of his career.
As Jeff Skversky of 6ABC reported, Redick has “major interest” in returning to the Sixers and wants to retire with the team.
“Sixers free-agent JJ Redick has expressed major interest in returning to the Sixers in free-agency … Redick wants to retire with the Sixers” Skversky tweeted.
This news can’t be considered all that surprising, as Redick had two of the best years of his career to this point while playing with the Sixers. He signed one-year contracts in both 2017-18 and 2018-19, earning $23 million the first year and $12.25 million the second, per Spotrac.
Even with the interest expected from both sides, it doesn’t mean there won’t be roadblocks along the way. With that said, Redick remaining in Philly for the rest of his career should be considered at least a realistic possible outcome.
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Sixers’ Potential Issue Re-Signing Redick
There’s little question that Redick, 35, would be welcomed back to Philly with open arms by the fanbase, as he’s averaged 17.6 points and 2.8 assists per game on 44.9 percent shooting in two seasons. Beyond that, he’s been incredibly consistent from beyond the arc, knocking down 40.7 percent of his shots from 3-point range over that same stretch.
While the Sixers will likely make an attempt to bring him back, it could come down to money and how things play out with other free agents. It’s widely believed that the team has interest in re-signing both Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris in free agency, but remains unknown exactly how their chances look to bring back both.
Butler and Harris are expected to receive max-level offers more than likely on the open market, and the former has already been linked to a potential sign-and-trade with two teams. As ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski previously reported, Butler is expected to meet with the Miami Heat on Sunday and the Houston Rockets early next week. If either team made a push to land the 29-year-old guard, it would have to come on a sign-and-trade.
If the Sixers fail to re-sign either player and opt not to make a run at another max-level free agent, they’ll have more available cap space to offer Redick. But if both players are brought back, Philly would be tight on money and limited in what type of deal they can put on the table for him.