JJ Redick signs, 1-year deal to stay in Philadelphia
Yesterday ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, reported that JJ Redick signed a 1-year deal to stay in the City of Brotherly Love. After the 2018 NBA draft, Sixers fans were left with a bundle of confusion. Philadelphia started the draft by selecting Mikal Bridges out of Villanova and would shortly trade him for Zhaire Smith and a future 2021 first-round pick.
Philadelphia 76ers Head Coach Brett Brown announced today that the team has signed NBA Draft 2018 first-round pick Zhaire Smith
— Mike Gill (@MikeGillShow) July 2, 2018
Smith spent his college career playing at Texas Tech. The Sixers would go on to select Landry Shamet with the 26th pick in the draft. With only two picks left Philly would draft Khyri Thomas (at 38) and send him to the Detroit Pistons for two future draft picks. Philadelphia ended the draft by selecting Shake Milton out of SMU with the 54 pick.
Recapping free agency
In addition to the draft, Sixers head coach Brett Brown made it clear that the team plans to go after big name free agents this summer. However, the 76ers are 0-2 in the free agency sweepstakes. Free agency opened at 12:01 am Saturday morning.
First, Paul George announced that he planned to stay with the Oklahoma City Thunder at Russell Westbrooks private party. Maybe Westbrook is finally understanding the team concept. Sunday LeBron James, the Sixers first choice decided to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Ultimately, the Sixers only have one more chance to acquire a big name. Prior to James signing with the Lakers, New York Times Reporter Marc Stein reported that the Sixers wanted to acquire Kawhi Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs in order to sway James to sign with Philadelphia.
Redick returns to Philadelphia
If the 76ers plan to challenge or beat the Boston Celtics this season they need to land Leonard. But if the team fails to offer a trade to the Spurs liking they need to secure other free agents. Re-signing, Redick, yesterday was a start for the Sixers.
Last season the Duke legend provided the team with heart, leadership, three-point shooting and spacing. Redick concluded the 2017-18 season averaging 17.1 points, 3.0 assists, and 2.5 rebounds while shooting 46 percent from the field.
Redick averaged 18.2 points, 2.6 assists, and 1.5 rebounds during the postseason. Re-signing the 34-year-old guard will help the team continue to space the floor. He will also, help the Sixers in transition and in the fourth quarter. The fact that Sixers management signed the guard to a cheaper contract is huge.
JJ Redick made 193 3-pointers last season, 4th-most in franchise history behind 2004-05 Kyle Korver (226), 2017-18 Robert Covington (203) and 1994-95 Dana Barros (197). https://t.co/2Ra3IM7j1o
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 2, 2018
Although a lot of the big name free agents are off the board the team can still sign a few pieces to help them push in the East. With James in the Western Conference, the East is wide open. Philadelphia should consider trading for Leonard due to the shift in the East.
Redick signed a 1-year deal but what else do the Sixers need to do to win?
— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) June 29, 2018
Featured image; Keith Allison via Flickr.
All stats for this article are from: (basketball-reference.com & stats.nba.com)
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