Keeping JJ Redick in a Sixers uniform past the 2017-18 season would be a good move for the team in more ways than one.
When the Philadelphia 76ers signed guard JJ Redick to a one-year $23 million deal last July, most saw it as the biggest sign yet that the rebuilding plan that has come to be known as “The Process” had turned a corner.
For once, the Sixers had acquired player with a large paycheck and didn’t intend to either release him or buy him out.
In Redick, the Sixers addressed one of their biggest issues of the last few seasons: outside shooting. He is one of the best 3-point shooters in the league, hitting almost 50 percent from beyond the arc in his last season with the Los Angeles Clippers.
In addition, Redick brought with him some much needed experience and locker room leadership. Sure, the Sixers had that in the past, but not usually from a player who was still considered a starter and had regularly been to the postseason.
So far the signing of Redick has paid off for the 76ers in spectacular fashion. He is averaging 17.3 points, 3.4 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game, some of the best numbers of his 11-year career. He has also been consistent from the 3-point line, making just over 40 percent from distance.
When you look at those numbers, you have to wonder why the Sixers would let him walk after the season is over.
Once the 2017-18 season is finished, Redick becomes an unrestricted free agent. He can take his talents to any team willing to pay what he wants.
If the Sixers and GM Bryan Colangelo knew what was good for them, they would ensure he stays right where he is.
Looking at the Sixers and how the season has played out, there is a good chance the team can make the playoffs. Not so much because the 76ers have improved that much but more because the Eastern Conference is still a joke. There are the Boston Celtics, LeBron James and the Cavaliers and then everyone else.
That being said, if Sixers Nation is being honest with itself, then we all know that the 76ers are still a long way from winning a playoff series, to say nothing about an NBA title. There is still way more for Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and (eventually) Markelle Fultz to learn.
Redick could be the perfect teacher.
He has loads of playoff experience with a winning franchise and Redick is only going to be 34-years old next season. He has fit seamlessly into not only what the Sixers are trying to accomplish, but into the sports fabric of the city. The fans have taken a liking to him and the feeling would seem to be mutual.
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Who knows, if the Sixers are willing to ensure he can stay with Philly long term, he may be willing to take a bit less so they can sign another high profile free agent during the offseason.
The Sixers still have tons and tons of cap room to play with. It might be worth their while to throw some of it towards Redick and make him a more permanent part of ”The Process” going forward.