The morning after the Sixers’ loss to the Raptors in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, JJ Redick said he’d love to return to the Sixers and end his career in Philadelphia.
That’s not going to happen. Redick agreed to a two-year, $26.5 million deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported.
Redick recognized that he was “a bit lower down the totem pole” for the Sixers entering a hectic offseason.
In his two seasons with the Sixers, the 35-year-old averaged 17.6 points per game and shot 40.7 percent from three-point range. Outside of his long distance shooting, Redick’s nonstop off-ball movement and two-man game with Joel Embiid evolved into integral parts of the Sixers’ offense.
Though NBA players tend to decline by their mid-30s, Redick’s 18.1 points per game last season were a career high. However, his three-point shooting percentage has dropped in each of the last four seasons.
Defense was a greater concern with Redick, although he performed well in his postseason matchups against Joe Harris and Danny Green.
There are several options on the free-agent market to replace some of Redick's outside shooting, with Green among them.
We looked last week at five potential targets on the wing for the Sixers.
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