One year ago, JJ Redick’s top priority was re-signing with the 76ers.
Does he feel the same way now?
Redick, who lives in Brooklyn, is expected to receive interest in free agency from the New York Knicks. But he’s looking for stability, and his two seasons as a Sixer were the best of his career. He also realizes, however, that re-signing Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris are higher on the Sixers’ priority list this summer.
The trio helped lead the Sixers to the Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Toronto Raptors. They suffered a heartbreaking 92-90 loss to the Raptors in Game 7 on Sunday night at Scotiabank Arena.
“I couldn’t say now what will be available and what options will be there July 1,” he said Monday in his season-ending press conference. "Obviously, I recognize I’m a little bit down the totem pole here. I had to wait around last summer as well. "
Redick agreed to re-sign for one season on July 2 last year, one day into the free-agency period. The Sixers had hoped to sign LeBron James and Paul George.
Redick isn’t on that level. However, the 34-year-old shooting guard averaged a career-best 18.1 points this season. He also averaged 2.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists. His 240 made three-pointers are a single-season record for the franchise.
This came one season after Redick averaged 17.1 points, his previous career high.
"Obviously, I’d love to be back,” Redick said. “I haven’t tried to hide that at all. I’d love to be back with the Sixers. I’d love to finish my career here and all that.