Rumor Report: Sixers Among Landing Spots for JJ Redick
We have hit the point in the NBA season where teams are looking to shake up their rosters. One team that has begun to shop its players is the New Orleans Pelicans. Recent reports have come out that the Sixers could be reuniting with a former player.
JJ Redick has had a bit of a down year for the Pelicans this season, and since he is on an expiring contract the team is looking to shop him. Shams Charania of The Athletic has reported the Sixers as a potential landing spot for the veteran sharpshooter.
Through 16 games this season, Redick is averaging a mere 7.6 points per game. This is his lowest PPG mark since his third season in the league. He is also shooting a career-worst from deep, knocking down only 29.8% of his threes.
It is no surprise that the Sixers have come up as a top destination with Redick having some of his best seasons in Philadelphia. In two seasons with the Sixers Redick would post career-highs in scoring. Putting up 17 and 18 points per game in respective seasons.
This move is a no-brainer for the Sixers, Redick is the ideal player to put around Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. Not to mention the dribble hand-off with Redick and Embiid was a lethal play for the Sixers during his tenure.
On top of acquiring players that fit around the team's stars, Daryl Morey also did a great job stacking up multiple contracts to help with salary matching in a trade. This will make it much easier for him to match Redick's 13 million dollar salary.
A potential trade package could include Mike Scott, Terrance Ferguson, Vincent Poirier, and picks. This would give the Pelicans financial flexibility along with draft compensation.
The Sixers could look to make small upgrades to their roster, and this could be a move to do so. With Embiid and Simmons running the show, you can never have enough shooting around them.
This reunion would also be simple as not only has Redick played in Philadelphia, but he has also already played under head coach Doc Rivers as a member of the Clippers.