While noting that the Nets have been “aggressive” in their pursuit of J.J. Redick, Adrian Wojnarowski said the Nets are facing two obstacles in landing him: So far, Brooklyn is only offering a two-year deal ... and the Nets want him to come off the bench, that they’re “committed” to a starting backcourt of D’Angelo Russell and Jeremy Lin.
Here’s part of what he said on ESPN's NBA Free Agency Special...
Woj added that "Brooklyn is committed to a Lin-Russell backcourt and J.J. would come off the bench.” The newly minted ESPN writer said the Nets intend to make Russell their “franchise player.”
Redick, of course, is 33-years-old and is likely looking for his last big payday .... with security. He reportedly wants a contract in the $16-to-$18 million range. The Sixers, Woj reported, only want to give Redick a one-year deal but at “$20 million plus,” while the Timberwolves are “open to a three or four year deal.”
Redick met with the 76ers Sunday night, Woj reported, and has interest from the Timberwolves, Rockets and Knicks as well as the Nets. The Knicks do not interest Redick, Woj added. Woj noted that Redick owns a home in DUMBO, Brooklyn and “has family there.” He’s also worked out at Brooklyn’s HSS Training Center this off-season and is said to have become close with Adam Harrington, Nets Director of Player Development.
Redick has been a consistent contributor and stellar shooter in his 11 years. It’s easy to understand why he would want to be start on a team like the Nets, who just finished with the league’s worst record. BUT the league’s fastest pace.
Redick’s minutes probably wouldn’t be impacted much by coming off the bench. Kenny Atkinson fast paced offense forces his hand to distribute minutes evenly.
Although Philly got the first meeting with Redick, the 76ers have a back-up plan, tweets Keith Smith of Real GM.
Source: If PHI can't sign JJ Redick, they will move on to potential offer sheets for Kentavious Caldwell Pope and/or Otto Porter.— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) July 1, 2017
And so might the Nets...
Source: Kyle Korver drawing interest as secondary option from teams hoping for a shot at JJ Redick. Market will move quick when Redick signs— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) July 1, 2017
Meanwhile, Smith also reports teams like the Pistons and Washington are trying to get deals done with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Otto Porter done before the Nets come in with offer sheets that might make deals more onerous.
RFAs can agree to an offer sheet now, but clock to match for incumbent team does not start until 7/6. 2 days to match. Ties up offering team https://t.co/sb1KfM9P42— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) July 1, 2017
In other words, guard your children, Sean Marks is coming for them.