J.J. Redick has missed more than a month and counting with a bulging disc in his back.
He’s a strong shooter and underrated defender – the type of role player the Clippers surely want for their playoff run.
The team will determine in the upcoming weeks whether Redick is healthy enough to rejoin the team. If he’s not, the club will likely shut Redick down for the rest of the season in an attempt to have him ready for training camp next year.
I don’t understand why the Clippers would self-impose a deadline on this.
Sure, they’re playing well with Darren Collison or Jamal Crawford at shooting guard. They’ve won nine straight games and gone 12-3 overall with Redick sidelined.
But what’s the harm in hoping he can return later, even if he’s not ready “in the upcoming weeks”?
In Redick’s 863 minutes with the Clippers, their offensive rating has been 113.3 – a better mark than anyone on the team had produced. There’s very clearly potential here for him to help.
Sure, there might be issues re-acclimating him, and the Clippers surely don’t prefer to do that during the heat of the playoffs. Considering Redick is in his first year in Los Angeles, that certainly won’t be seamless.
But Redick doesn’t even need to start. Heck, he doesn’t even need to play.
He just deserves a chance to get back into the rotation. Willie Green hasn’t been so great that Redick can’t overtake him for the backup role.
And if Redick proves incapable of doing that, no big deal. But the Clippers would at least know they gave themselves the best chance to find the players who can help them win a championship this season.