Would Redick be good fit with Cavaliers?
Coming off a career season, even though he will turn 34 before the 2018-19 season tips off, J.J. Redick picked a fine time to be headed toward unrestricted free agency this summer.
Would the Cleveland Cavaliers be a possible landing spot? More on that in a bit.
Redick, who has shot the best percentage in the NBA from beyond the 3-point arc (44 percent) over the last three seasons among players who've taken at least 1,000 attempts, averaged a career-high 17.1 points per game for the Philadelphia 76ers this season. He also averaged 3.0 assists, the second-highest mark of his career.
Where Redick, a 12-year veteran, will play his 13th NBA season is to be determined. The Duke product has earned $78.5 million in his career, $23 million this past season with Philadelphia.
Will Redick go after another big payday or decide he wants to play for a championship contender.
Here's what Urbina wrote about that potential pairing:
As opposed to joining another rebuild in an attempt to fast-track it, Redick could also seek the best opportunity to win a title, especially now that his career is beginning to reach its twilight.
That’s where the Cleveland Cavaliers could come into the picture.
Redick to the Cavs makes sense for a few reasons.
For one, the team’s most important member who everything is built around, James, favors competing next to veterans as opposed to young players. Just look at their current playoff rotation for proof. Rodney Hood has been mostly glued to the bench.
Furthermore, the Cavs may have a hole to fill at backup shooting guard this offseason. Hood will be a restricted free agent and after the way he has performed (averaging 4.6 points on 39.6 percent shooting in the playoffs) and acted (refused to check into Game 4 against the Toronto Raptors during garbage time), it’s hard to see Cleveland bringing him back for 2018-19.
To acquire Redick, all the Cavaliers will have to offer the 12-year vet will be the taxpayer mid-level exception, worth $5.3 million. It would be a serious pay cut for Redick, and would obviously be contingent upon LeBron James not leaving Cleveland this summer, but if the sharpshooter wants to try and win his first championship as a professional, there aren’t many better places to do it than as James’ teammate.
Urbina also mentioned the Los Angeles Lakers, the San Antonio Spurs and remaining with Philadelphia as other possibilities for Redick.