JJ Redick in 'No Rush' to Make Free Agency Decision, Won't Attend Training Camp

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVAugust 13, 2021

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JJ Redick isn't stressing about his NBA future. 

The veteran free agent said on his The Old Man and The Three podcast that he wasn't in a rush to make a decision about his next team and expected to join a team mid-season (1:50 mark):

"Just taking my time. I feel no rush to make any sort of decision on next season. And I felt that way when the season ended, and I feel that way now. My focus right now is just hanging with my family and enjoying the offseason. And we'll make a decision on next season—what team, what city, etc.—probably sometime in the next two or three months. But, you know, I would say, pretty much definitively, like, I won't be in a training camp to start the season. That's not gonna happen. So, you know, I'll join a team at some point this season and finish the year and try to go get a chip. That's the plan."

Redick, 37, had a bit of a down year between the New Orleans Pelicans and Dallas Mavericks last season, averaging just 7.4 points in 16.4 minutes per game while shooting 39.7 percent from the field and 37.1 percent from three.

His points were his lowest mark since the 2008-09 season, his minutes were his fewest since the 2007-08 season and his three-point percentage was at its lowest mark since the 2012-13 campaign. It was also just the second time in his career he shot lower than 40 percent for a season. 

None of that should come as a major surprise, given Redick is in the back-half of his 30s. 

Still, Redick remains a three-point marksman capable of spreading the floor and opening up driving lanes for his teammates. While he can be picked on defensively, that's less of a concern in a reserve role off the bench. And it wasn't that long ago that he averaged a career best 18.1 points per game for the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2018-19 season. 

For contenders in need of some perimeter shooting off the wing, Redick could be a savvy midseason addition. He lives in Brooklyn and has reportedly preferred to stay close to New York City in the past, so a team to watch will be the Nets, a championship contender with room for more depth.