Philadelphia 76ers: What does Redick’s contract mean moving forward?

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After striking out on the first day of free agency, the Philadelphia 76ers resigned their second best scorer, J.J. Redick to another one year deal.

The Philadelphia 76ers have finally made their first move in free agency.

After being spurned by LeBron James as he’s decided to take his talents Western to join a now-surging Los Angeles Lakers squad, the Sixers are officially on to Plan B as they attempt to bolster their roster in a now-wide-open Eastern Conference.

And for their first of presumably many additions, they didn’t have to look far.

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That’s right, for the second straight season, the 76ers have signed J.J. Redick to a one-year deal, slotting the 34-year-old guard into their starting frontcourt once more alongside Ben Simmons.

But why?

While the decision to resign Redick makes a world of sense, as he was easily the best pure shooter on the market in 2018 and had an incredibly productive season last season in South Philly, why did the team give the veteran sharpshooter another one year deal, for roughly half as much money as he made last year?

Now granted, Redick was vastly overpaid last season, as very few players in the league are actually worth $23 million a year, but many, like myself, assumed that the 34-year-old shooting guard would be returning on a two-to-three year deal to essentially close out his career in the City of Brotherly Love.

Why re-sign for another one-year deal?

With all signs pointed towards the team continuing to bolster their roster with more talent over the next few days, with names like Kyle O’Quinn, Jabari Parker, and Wayne Ellington all being causally linked to the team, could Redick be doing the team a solid to add even more talent around him going into his second season as a Sixer, or is something else afoot?

Could Redick be used in a sign-and-trade to acquire Kawhi Leonard? And what about Markelle Fultz? Could this one year deal all but confirm the team’s desire to transition the second year guard into their starting five sooner, rather than later?

Let’s evaluate these rumors and try to decode what Redick’s contract means for the team moving forward.