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J.J. Redick: I nearly signed with Pacers until 76ers improved offer

JJ Redick, Bojan Bogdanovic

Philadelphia 76ers’ JJ Redick, right, shoots the ball with Indiana Pacers’ Bojan Bogdanovic, of Croatia, left, defending during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 121-110. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)


J.J. Redick re-signed with the 76ers for one-year, $12.25 million.

But he apparently drew another suitor before Philadelphia offered such a favorable contract.

Redick on The J.J. Redick Podcast:

I almost signed with Indy. I was an hour away, two hours away. I was very close. I had a 5 p.m. deadline. Basically, it was 12:30, 1 o’clock in the afternoon when Philly changed the offer.

It was important for the 76ers to keep Redick, who carries value as a shooter and veteran leader. They did well to get him on a one-year deal and maintain flexibility, but losing him would have been a significant setback for next season.

The Pacers rebounded by signing Tyreke Evans to a one-year, $12 million contract. Either Redick or Evans would have helped, but Evans – younger and more of a playmaker – might be a better fit in Indiana. The Pacers already had solid deep shooting on the wing between Bojan Bogdanovic and Doug McDermott.

Maybe the Pacers didn’t know they could get Evans and wanted to lock up Redick if given the opportunity rather than waiting for Evans, but this seems to have worked out better for everyone involved.