J.J. Redick opened up on the Brooklyn Nets pursuit, and his free agency process, on “The Chronicles of Redick,” his latest podcast.
Redick has made a couple life changes in recent weeks, and starting a podcast on the Uninterrupted network is just one.
Redick signed a one-year, $23-million contract with the Philadelphia 76ers. At 32, he’s the sharpshooter was pursued by many teams, and inked a more than lucrative deal.
Redick called free agency “the longest two months of his life,” but analysts and fans alike would agree he’s found his best fit.
The Brooklyn Nets, who held nearly forty-million in cap at the start of the summer, were one of many suitors for the shooting guard.
Though they missed out on one of the league’s best shooters, it was beneficial to their future that they did.
Why Didn’t Redick Sign With the Nets?
On his podcast, the former Los Angeles Clipper admits that he was ready to sign with the Nets, but it wasn’t the right fit.
“The Brooklyn thing was a real pressure from my wife.”
Redick and his wife, Chelsea, have an off-season home in Brooklyn. With family and friends all on the East coast, his wife was pushing for a deal with the Nets.
For J.J., the offer from Brooklyn just wasn’t long enough.
“Brooklyn did offer me a contract, and it was a nice offer and everything. It just wasn’t long term. If it was going to be Brooklyn for me, I really wanted it to be on a long term thing.”
Redick goes on to say that at this point in his career, he’s prioritizing the length of a deal over its value.
“I wanted stability. I wanted more years, that was the most important thing to me. Even if I had to move my family to Houston, I just wanted to be on a longer deal.”
He didn’t end up with the stability he longed for, but it was a deal breaker in Brooklyn. Elsewhere like Philadelphia, Redick earns a starting spot, a non-guarantee with the Nets.
Once the Lakers and Nets trade around D’Angelo Russell was complete, Redick knew he would take a minutes-cut in Brooklyn. He set his eyes upon the 76ers, who he’d like to finish his career with.
“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.”
After drafting number one pick Markelle Fultz, the 76ers are on track for something big this year. Something Redick wants to be a part of.
Brooklyn and Redick Weren’t a Good Fit
At 32, his skill set would certainly be welcome to the Nets, but likely detrimental to the future of the franchise.
He adds scoring, and reliable shooting, but Brooklyn has committed to a full rebuild centered around young talent.
Yes, they did take on the contracts of DeMarre Carroll (30) and Timofey Mozgov (31). But those contracts were acquired via trade and earned them: D’Angelo Russell and first and second round picks in 2018.
As Redick put it, he was looking for stability in Brooklyn, something they simply couldn’t offer. Making him an offer for years on end wouldn’t fit the new theme of the franchise.
For both Redick and the Nets, not agreeing to a deal proved the best outcome. Brooklyn can continue building through youth, while the 11-year veteran may have found the final team of his career.