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JJ Redick Rumored to Be Target of 'Hard Push' in Free Agency by 76ers, Nets

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJune 26, 2017

Los Angeles Clippers guard JJ Redick talks to fans during the second half in Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Jazz won 96-92. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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While the Los Angeles Clippers may be prioritizing Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in free agency, it's possible their third-best starter hitting the open market will have better offers on the table.

Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer reported the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers are expected to make a "hard push" to sign JJ Redick. The guard stretches the floor and also could be a potential steadying veteran presence on either youth-laden roster.

Redick, 33, averaged 15.0 points and 2.2 rebounds per game in 2016-17 while shooting 42.9 percent from three-point range. He has spent the last four seasons with the Clippers as their starting shooting guard, enjoying the most successful run of his career. After never averaging 15 points per game over a full season before arriving in Los Angeles, Redick's done so in each of the last four seasons.

Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times reported Redick will seek $18-20 million per year on his next contract, a number with which Clippers officials are uncomfortable. Their first priority is retaining Paul and Griffin, free agents who will command maximum contracts.

Maxing out Paul and Griffin and then handing Redick $20 million per year would mean paying those three about $80 million per season. The situation is more difficult because the Clippers are hamstrung by their own poor salary-cap decisions; they're either going to have to overpay Redick to keep their core together or risk losing a valuable piece for nothing.

The Nets and Sixers, meanwhile, have more than enough money to burn given their youth-laden rosters. Redick might even be enough to put Philadelphia in the playoff hunt with the Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls set to take a step back.

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