The Philadephia 76ers contract to J.J. Redick made sense. Of course, $23 million was an overpay, but it was a one-year deal to both fill a position of need with one of the best shooters in the game, they brought in a very professional influence to the locker room, and the Sixers preserve cap space next summer.
But Redick hopes to stay on as Sixer beyond one year, he told Jessica Camerato of CSNPhilly.com.
“My hope is that this is a long-term thing and that I’m here three or four years and can finish my career as a Sixer,” Redick said Saturday….
“I hate being a free agent, I’ll be honest with you,” Redick said. “It’s not a fun process for me. I’ve done it three times and each time it’s been absolutely miserable until the outcome.”
This could work out. Obviously, Redick not coming back at that price, but at about half that with a three-year deal could make sense for both sides if this season plays out well. It will depend on more than Redick, the Sixers need to see how their young players perform, how everything fits, who they will draft next June, and on who they want to spend that cap space on next summer. The Sixers have their options open. Redick is one of them.
Redick wants to stay, in part, because he sees what we all see in the Sixers — real potential.
“I really believe this is a team that over the next three or four years will become the best team in the East,” Redick said. “I hope I’m sort of part of that rise just beyond this year because I think we can be a playoff team and I think in the next two or three years we can contend for conference championships and hopefully at some point NBA championships.”