Among contracts that turned heads of casual fans this summer was the Sixers giving J.J. Redick $23 million next season. That’s not a bad deal — it’s a lot of money, but it’s just for one season preserving cap space for next summer, and it fills a position of need with one of the best shooters in the game.
In his inaugural edition of his new podcast, Redick said that Houston came hard at him and offered more total money in a longer deal.
“It wasn’t about the money. Houston offered me more money than Philly. Total money. They offered me more money. I knew in Houston, I was going to come off of the bench. Me and Eric Gordon do a lot of the same things… It wasn’t necessarily going to be what I wanted at this point in my career for the court part of it.”
You could use this to say it’s not always about the money, but $23 million is a lot of money. Then next summer Redick gets another kick at the can, and he can choose to stay with an improving Sixers team (we hope) or to take his talents elsewhere. He left himself options, and maybe he makes more long term. Redick also was rumored to want to go back to the East Coast, so that may have played a factor.
Either way, Redick will be just fine. Just consider this another sign of how aggressive the Rockets have been this summer.