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Despite 1-year deal, JJ Redick wants to finish career with Sixers

Despite 1-year deal, JJ Redick wants to finish career with Sixers

LAS VEGAS — JJ Redick signed a lucrative $23 million, one-year deal with the Sixers, but that doesn't necessarily mean he's going anywhere next summer. Redick envisions this contract as only the beginning of a lengthy tenure in Philadelphia.

"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. 

On the surface, Redick's contract could be seen as a short-term, financially-driven scenario. His highest annual salary prior to this deal was $7.3 million last season with the Clippers. Under this deal, the 33-year-old shooting guard will earn $280,470 per regular-season game.

Yes, Redick could leave at the end of this contract but the notion of getting back into the market for his 13th season in less than a year doesn't appeal to him.

"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."

Redick had been eyeing the Sixers since the Clippers were eliminated from the playoffs. He was one of the most sought-after players in free agency for his ability to meet multiple criteria on teams' wish lists. Knockdown three-point shooting. Playoff experience. Veteran leadership.

The Sixers met Redick's criteria as well. A young team on the rise. A roster that complemented his skills. A head coach he greatly respected.

"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."

In order for the Sixers to make that rise, they will have to add to their roster next summer through free agency. They also have several contracts to address with current players, including Joel Embiid. Inking Redick and Amir Johnson (one year, $11 million) to single-season contracts leaves them with the options to make that happen. 

"I do want to say that's not to think this is a one-and-done situation for either one of these gentlemen," president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said. "Promoting flexibility and maintaining that flexibility is just important to where we are as a program, but we look at both of these individuals as key additions to what we're doing with our program in terms of that growth."

Redick understood that mindset when reaching a short-term deal. He has made his desire to remain in Philadelphia known. 

"Bryan and I, Josh and David and I, we've all spoken and we all hope this is not just a one-year thing," Redick said. "I understand why given the pains the franchise has gone through over the last four years, why it's important for them to maintain cap flexibility next summer."

Redick will be a Sixer for the 2017-18 season. If all goes as he'd like, he will be wearing that uniform a lot longer than that. 

"Going into free agency," Redick said, "I would say Philly was sort of the place that I hoped I ended up."

Best of NBA: Mavericks spoil Kawhi Leonard's season debut

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Best of NBA: Mavericks spoil Kawhi Leonard's season debut

DALLAS -- J.J. Barea scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and the Dallas Mavericks spoiled the season debut of San Antonio star Kawhi Leonard, beating the Spurs 95-89 on Tuesday night.

Leonard missed the first 27 games because of right quadriceps tendinopathy, a condition that causes pain and weakness in the knee. He wasn't around in the fourth quarter when Barea finished a rally that he started by scoring eight points in the final 1:49 of the third.

Harrison Barnes scored 17 points while Yogi Ferrell and Wesley Mathews had 16 apiece as the Mavericks ended a five-game losing streak at home to the Spurs, who had a four-game winning streak stopped for the third time this season.

Barea led the Mavericks with six assists, teaming up with alley-oop dunk partner Dwight Powell a couple of times as Powell finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 23 points and 13 rebounds and Rudy Gay scored 21 for the Spurs, who shot 29 percent while getting outscored 28-20 in the fourth quarter.

Leonard, who had 13 points, went to the locker room late in the third quarter, with no immediate word on whether he had hit the unspecified minutes restriction coach Gregg Popovich said would be in place. He played 16 minutes, roughly the first 5 minutes in each of the first three quarters (see full recap).
    
LeBron racks up 17 assists against lowly Hawks
CLEVELAND -- LeBron James had 25 points and tied a career-high with 17 assists, and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Atlanta Hawks 123-114 on Tuesday night.

James was 11 of 13 from the field, had seven rebounds and was given a standing ovation when he was removed from the game with 2:34 remaining .

Cleveland won for the 15th time in 16 games. The Cavaliers hit a season-high 20 3-pointers, including nine in the first quarter. Cleveland had a season-high 35 assists.

Kyle Korver had 19 points, including six 3-pointers. Kevin Love, returning after missing a game with a hip injury, scored 17 points, all in the first half. Love had 11 points in the first quarter after sitting out Saturday's game against Philadelphia. He had 12 rebounds.

Atlanta fell to 6-21, the worst record in the league. Taurean Prince scored 24 points while Kent Bazemore had 20 (see full recap).

Porzingis, Beasley lead Knicks to OT victory
NEW YORK -- Kristaps Porzingis had 37 points and 11 rebounds, Michael Beasley made the biggest plays in overtime, and the New York Knicks beat the Los Angeles Lakers 113-109 on Tuesday night.

Beasley had 13 points, including the tiebreaking follow shot, and an assist in the extra period as the Knicks went back over .500 at 14-13. Thirteen of their victories have come at Madison Square Garden.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 24 points for the Lakers, who had won two in a row on their trip. Rookie Kyle Kuzma added 19 points off the bench.

Lonzo Ball had 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists, with a dazzling third-quarter stretch that had father LaVar celebrating wildly from his courtside seat next to Lithuania-bound sons LiAngelo and LaMelo. But Lonzo was quiet after that period beyond two free throws early in OT.

The Knicks essentially won it with Beasley's flurry of a tip-in, a pass inside to Doug McDermott for a basket, and a driving layup that turned at 103-all game into a 109-103 lead with 1:24 remaining in the overtime (see full recap).

Joel Embiid, Robert Covington, T.J. McConnell questionable

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Joel Embiid, Robert Covington, T.J. McConnell questionable

Updated: 2:10 p.m.

The Sixers might get some reinforcements back to help try to halt their losing streak.

Joel Embiid, Robert Covington and T.J. McConnell are listed as questionable tonight in Minnesota (9:30 p.m./NBCSP+).

Embiid (back tightness) sat out Saturday night’s loss because of load management and then was a last-minute scratch against the Pelicans Sunday. Covington (lower back contusion), who was injured diving into the stands for a loose ball against the Cavs Saturday, also missed Sunday night’s loss. McConnell suffered a sprained AC joint in the Sixers’ win over the Wizards back on Nov. 29. He came back and played 18 minutes in the team’s loss to the Lakers, but then missed the first two games of the road trip in Cleveland and New Orleans.

Embiid’s injury is not believed to be serious. The big man himself didn’t seem too concerned.

“If it was the Finals, I'm sure I could have gone,” Embiid said Sunday. “But we've got 82 games and they don't want me to push if I'm not a hundred percent, so that's what I did.”

The Sixers will look to snap a four-game losing streak — their longest of the season — against the reloaded Timberwolves (16-11).