Redick got 'break-up call,' can't put finger on why Clippers didn't have fun


Redick got 'break-up call,' can't put finger on why Clippers didn't have fun

J.J. Redick no longer plays for the Clippers.

After four seasons in Los Angeles, Redick will suit up for the 76ers next season.

"Going back to the Clippers was honestly just not an option," he explained on The Chronicles of Redick podcast. "I kind of figured last summer when they signed Austin (Rivers) and Jamal (Crawford) back, they basically had guaranteed $25 million in salary for this upcoming season.

"And I knew they weren't gonna really be able to commit financially long-term to having a third shooting guard at a high rate. That's just unrealistic.

"June 29th -- Lawrence Frank was nice enough and professional enough to give me a call. I call it my 'break-up call.' He basically said 'You know, we're not gonna bring you back.'

"But like I said, I have a great relationships there and am very appreciative of my time."

Redick was joined on his inaugural UNINTERRUPTED podcast by Maverick Carter -- UNINTERRUPTED CEO.

The two had the following exchange:

Carter: "Win, lose, or draw, you gotta have fun going to work. The worst place a person -- not just an athlete -- if you're not getting up every day and going, 'Oh, I can't wait to get in to work. I'm gonna have some fun today. At least I'm gonna see some people I like.'

"And I think that's important, too. Finding that right fit ... you talked about it on the Clippers -- you guys lost fun. Everyone watching the Clippers could tell that. None of you guys were saying it, but everybody watching the Clippers would go, 'This team isn't having fun. They're a really good team, really talented, a collection of great players. but they're just not having fun.'

"You watch the teams who are having fun -- you watch their bench, you watch how everyone reacts -- anyone who knows sport could watch you guys and go, 'they're not having fun.'"

Redick: "The natural follow-up question to that statement would be: 'Why not? Why are you guys not having fun? You're playing for Doc, you're in LA, you've got talent, you should be having fun.' And at least for the four years that I was there, you try to put your finger on it ... and I could never do that.

"Leaving there, I don't have any ill will towards anyone certainly. Certainly no one to blame or anything like that ... we just couldn't get it done in the postseason."

Perhaps the Clippers weren't having much fun because...

Redick, who turned 33 years old in June, signed a one-year deal with Philly worth $23 million.

He wanted a multi-year deal but didn't get it.

"I wanted stability," Redick explained. "And so the one year with Philly -- I wanted stability more than anything -- and there's all these reports going back to last season saying, 'J.J. wants $16 to $18 (million), and then after the season there was a report in the LA Times from Brad Turner (saying) J.J. wants $18 to $20 (million) a year.'

"First of all, I didn't want any of that. I don't even care. I wanted more years. That was the most important thing to me ... I just wanted to be on a longer deal ... I was more than willing to take less than whatever number was reported."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

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TV channel: NBC Sports Bay Area
Live stream: MyTeams App