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

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Could Redick’s deal help land Kawhi Leonard?

Another idea that some fans have floated around in regards to Redick’s new contract is it’s possible connection to a Kawhi Leonard trade.

However, this seems much less likely.

Though Redick is surely a great player when in the right scheme, especially when paired with a great passer like Ben Simmons, Chris Paul, or, say, Tony Parker, it seems incredibly unlikely that he’d be willing to re-sign with the team only to be shipped halfway across the country to join a rebuilding San Antonio Spurs squad in an absolutely stacked conference.

Why would Redick agree to that?

Sure, playing for the Sixers is far from a lock to win a ring in 2019, but Philly is easily one of the three best teams in the Eastern Conference, and with some smart decision making this offseason, could find themselves in the NBA Finals for the first time since 2001.

San Antonio? Not so much.

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If the Spurs do decide to move on from Leonard before the 2018 NBA season, arguably one of the top-five players in the entire league, they will surely be on the way to at least a soft rebuild, and adding a 34-year-old shooting guard on a one year deal simply doesn’t help move that process along. If a package of Dario Saric, Robert Covington, and a few first round draft picks isn’t enough to bring the two-time All-Star to the roster, Redick’s inclusion in said deal isn’t going to suddenly make it happen.

Verdict: Bunk