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J.J. Redick —and his wife— were interested in Nets, but minutes an issue

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In a discussion of his free agency on his podcast, J.J. Redick said he was interested in the Nets, but once they made the trade for D’Angelo Russell, he realized there would be fewer minutes available and so he turned elsewhere. In the end, the 33-year-old shooting specialist signed a one-year $23 million deal with the 76ers.

In a report on Clutch Points, Victor Galvez notes that one member of the Redick household, his wife Chelsea, still liked the Nets over other competition. The Redicks bought a $4 million condo in Brooklyn two years ago, leading to speculation that the then-Clippers guard had interest in the home team ... and he did.

“The one team for Chelsea was the Nets. I was certainly interested in the Nets. I love what they’re building there… But once they were kind of off the table, it created a little bit of chaos,” Redick said on his podcast.

In a video on “The Uninterrupted,” Redick gives his wife a choice of three places where she wanted to live. Her response, “1) Brooklyn; 2) Brooklyn; 3) Brooklyn.”

According to various reports, the Nets, Knicks and Rockets were all interested in securing his rights early on in free agency. Like the Nets, signing with the Rockets meant he would play fewer minutes. The 76ers were reportedly late to the game, but the prospect of starting in Philly won the day.

As Galvez writes, his one-year, $23 million deal was more than what many projected as his market value. The Nets interest in Redick extended beyond the court. They saw him as a veteran presence, a character pick-up.