JJ Redick “wishes” he could have returned to Sixers
After a devastating Game 7 loss in Toronto in 2019, former Sixers sniper JJ Redick was unsure whether or not he would return to Philadelphia. After completing a two-year stint donning the sons of the 76ers, Redick was poised to become a free agent again.
He hadn’t been in Philly for a long time, but the veteran goalie had a significant impact on the pitch during his limited era. In his first year with the Sixers, Redick appeared in 70 games, scoring 42% of his three and averaging 17 points per game. At the time, he surpassed his career record average in the scoring category.
The following season, he outdid himself. While his three-point percentage dropped slightly, Redick scored 18 points per game, which is now the highest of his career and will remain so since he recently retired from the NBA.
After his big year at Philly, Redick felt the Sixers were going in a different direction. As they aimed to grow taller and more defensive, the veteran goalie felt he was done in Philly. As a result, he ended up with the New Orleans Pelicans for a two-year contract. A few years later, Redick admits leaving the Sixers as perhaps the biggest “regret” of his NBA career.
“You can’t change a result,” Redick explained in a live question-and-answer session. “Because an outcome is beyond your control. So you can change a decision. Ah, man. I wish there was a way to get back to Philly.”
Redick didn’t develop much, but his body language made it clear that if there had been a chance to start all over again, he would have done his best to team up with Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris and the others. guys from Philly again.
It’s unclear whether or not Redick’s return would have made a noticeable difference for the Sixers, but his three-point shot has always been a valuable asset for the Sixers during his short stint. In addition, his relationship with the big star of the team, Joel Embiid, was also a major positive. Redick’s loss was notable at the time – and Sixers fans would surely have welcomed the veteran sniper had he signed again in 2019.
Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for Sports Illustrated. You can follow him for live updates on Twitter: @JGrasso_.