The Houston Rockets could’ve had one of the NBA’s best 3-point shooters, but a late change in J.J. Redick‘s contract offer pushed the Los Angeles Clippers guard to the Philadelphia 76ers instead.
In a recent interview, Redick clarified earlier comments he made about Houston’s contract offer. Speaking with HoopsHype’s Alex Kennedy, Redick says Houston’s original offer came in at four years. Then it was suddenly changed to three years.
That apparently swayed Redick enough to go for a large money deal over one season instead of a longer contract. Redick was also apparently wary of heading to the Rockets on a short her dealThanks to GM Daryl Morey’s propensity for making trades for stars at the deadline.
“They offered four [years] and then they went three. Daryl [Morey] always has a million things going on, like in A Beautiful Mind with all of the stuff written on the chalkboard. I’m sure he had four or five deals out there [he was working on]. The day before free agency, I thought it was a four-year deal. Chris Paul and I talked for about 30 minutes the night before free agency started. I wanted to go there.
“[It didn’t work out] – some of it was numbers and some of it was other factors like relocating the family and – I hate to say this – but you never know with Daryl and how he operates. A three-year deal could really be a six-month deal if you get dealt at the trade deadline for a superstar as part of a package of six.”
No doubt that Redick will be important to the 76ers next season, but at age 33 it will be interesting to see if he garners a long-term contract next summer.