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JJ Redick Reveals He Almost Signed With This NBA Team Over Philadelphia

JJ Redick listens at a press conference.

The Philadelphia 76ers' signing of JJ Redick last year was a strong indication that the team was ready to move on to the "let's win games" phase of The Process. Year two with the sharpshooter almost didn't happen, though.

On the most recent episode of Redick's podcast, he admits that he was close to signing elsewhere this off-season.

Last season, he signed a one-year, $23 million deal to be a veteran on the young Sixers roster. This season, he re-upped on another one-year deal, worth $12.25 million, per Spotrac.

That almost didn't happen, though.

Redick admits that he was pretty far down the road with the Indiana Pacers. He claims that he was hours away from signing to play with Victor Oladipo for the Eastern Conference five-seed.

JJ Redick compared his situation to that of DeMarcus Cousins' Warriors signing.

The Ringer, which is the home for Redick's podcast, transcribed this part of the episode, which stemmed from a listener question about which NBA teams had the best off-season. "Besides the Sixers," Redick named the Warriors, which signed Cousins, and the Lakers.

Alter: Was the Boogie thing surprising?

Redick: No, and I’ll tell you why. Because I had a similar mind-set to DeMarcus going into free agency—I knew it was going to be a weird market. I knew there was only a set amount of cap space going into it. And if your [incumbent] team doesn’t want to re-sign you or are not giving you a contract offer that you want, then you have to go out and get a contract offer. And so, in the back of my mind, I’m thinking, well if something happens where I can’t go back to Philly, and the market dries up, what do you do? You go get the taxpayer midlevel from the Warriors, the Celtics, whomever.

Alter: The team that gives you the best chance to win.

Redick: A team that gives you the best chance to win. And, by all accounts that I’ve read, that market sort of dried up for DeMarcus. And he’s coming off an injury, so there’s no rush for him to get back. To me, it’s kind of a perfect situation.

Redick also gave a Markelle Fultz update that will be very exciting for Sixers fans.

Holding on to Redick was pretty huge for Philly. The team has pretty dynamic playmakers, but few knockdown shooters. Redick is a key to spreading the floor for guys like Ben Simmons and Fultz to operate.

[The Ringer]