LAS VEGAS -- JJ Redick was one of the most sought-after free agents on the market. Teams were pushing for his veteran leadership and three-point shooting. All the while his decision was quite easy.
“Truthfully, for probably the eight weeks between the season and free agency, as we got closer and closer to free agency, I wanted to be in Philadelphia,” Redick said at his introductory press conference Saturday after officially signing with the Sixers (see story). “That was the place I wanted to be.”
Redick agreed to a one-year, $23 million contract with the Sixers on July 1, the first afternoon of free agency. What seemed like it could have been a drawn out period of heavy consideration was shortened to less than 24 hours.
“You brought 40 people to the meeting,” Redick said, turning to president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo seated next to him. “It was just a great experience.”
The Sixers were quick to agree to a deal with Redick because he checked off a long list of offseason needs, the first being offense.
“What this team needed more than anything was a shooter,” Colangelo said. “We arguably have the best shooter in the league.”
In addition to being instant scoring and reliable three-point threat, the shooting guard is a proven veteran leader who has made the playoffs part of his annual schedule.
"Yeah, I would just say that Josh and Dave and Bryan aren't paying me $23 million to be a leader,” Redick said. “They're paying me that because I can play and same thing with Amir (Johnson).”
Redick viewed the Sixers’ system and roster as the best fit for him. He said the acquisition of the No. 1 pick to land Markelle Fultz “solidified” his interest in signing with them. Long before the trade, though, Redick had been enticed by the possibility of playing under Brett Brown.
“To be honest, he was probably the biggest factor in this decision,” Redick said of Brown. “He’s someone that I’ve watched and I wanted to play for. I’m thrilled to be playing for him next year.”
Redick’s quick decision to join the Sixers came after years of traveling to the city as a member of the opposing team. A social media post from his past turned out to be telling of his relocation in 2017.
"Somebody on Twitter the other day dug up an old tweet from 2011 when I said that I was roaming the streets of Philadelphia and it was one of my favorite cities and it's a very underrated city," Redick said. "Six years later, I still feel the same way."