In a move that seemed like a no-brainer after the Sixers missed on LeBron James, the team is reportedly bringing back guard JJ Redick.
Redick, 34, will get in the $12-13 million range, NBC Sports Philadelphia's John Clark confirmed. Last season, Redick earned $23 million from the Sixers on a one-year deal.
That savings should come in handy for the Sixers, who will be left with roughly $14 million in cap space after the Redick deal becomes official, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks. The Sixers still have Jerryd Bayless’ contract at $8.5 million. Bayless is reportedly a buyout candidate. They could also look to trade the veteran guard or stretch out his deal, giving them cap savings this season.
There are still players on the market that could help the Sixers. Guards Tyreke Evans, Wayne Ellington, Avery Bradley and Seth Curry are all still out there. Any of those players would represent an upgrade over the recently departed Marco Belinelli and could be signed with the team's remaining cap space or with the mid-level exception if another move is made. The Redick deal also doesn't preclude the Sixers from swinging a trade with the Spurs for Kawhi Leonard.
Redick didn’t make his desire to return to Philadelphia a secret. Even when he signed a one-year deal last offseason, he indicated that he was hoping it would be a longer stay. After a 52-win season and a first-round playoff victory, his feelings didn’t change.
“I don’t want to offend any of the other places I’ve been or teams I’ve been on, but this was probably my favorite year of my career,” Redick said during the team’s exit interviews back in May. “Playing in Philly is its own experience. Our fans, the city, the buzz about sports and about this team was amazing. I think I said this on media day, it’s the first time I’ll ever play in a real sports town. That definitely lived up to those thoughts. It was awesome to play in Philly.”
Redick, now entering his 13th year, is coming off one of his finest NBA seasons and provided leadership for the Sixers' young stars. The Duke product averaged a career-high 17.1 points per game and shot 42 percent from three on a career-high 6.6 attempts a night.