Redick was an unrestricted free agent at the time. He began the season with the Magic, who he started his career with, and was then traded to the Bucks near the trade deadline. I do not know why the Bucks gave up young talent for Redick when it was rare that Redick was going to sign back with Milwaukee. But that’s here nor there. The deal was a sign-and-trade on Redick’s part. He signed a 4 year deal worth 27 million dollars. JJ goes from making $6.19 million to nearly $7 million a year now.
Last season, Redick averaged a career high 14.1 points, shooting 43.4% and 36.6% from down town. When Redick was traded to the Bucks, the former Dukie’s stats dropped from when he was on the Magic. JJ average 15.1 points per contest, shot 45% from the field, and 39% from long range with the Magic. Jonathan Clay (JJ’s real name) saw significantly more time in Orlando, where he worked his way into the starting lineup and was a main icon for the city. When traded, Redick was devastated at the time because his home was Orlando, and he wanted to be part of the team for the rest of his career.
In my opinion, I feel Redick wanted to sign with a contender in the league; the Clippers are a huge contender. Lob City has been very active in this young offseason. First, they traded for legend coach Doc Rivers by giving the Celtics some draft picks. That move made free agent and star point guard, Chris Paul, resign with the team for 5 years and $107 million. The Clippers were actually going to include Kevin Garnett in the Doc Rivers deal, which the Celtics agreed to, but the NBA rejected the deal because coaches and players cannot be in the same trade. It is hard to make the Clippers a better team, but with these acquisitions, “the other Los Angeles team” has improved big time.
With Caron Butler and Bledsoe gone, the starting lineup for the Clippers looks like this: PG Chris Paul, SG JJ Redick, SF Jared Dudley, PF Blake Griffin, and C DeAndre Jordan. That also includes potential sixth man of the year Jamal Crawford. With Redick being signed, it is going to be hard for the Clippers to resign Chauncey Billups, and they also still want to sign Matt Barnes. If the team gets one of the two back onto the roster, the Clippers and Doc Rivers will be on top of the Western Conference standings.
JJ Redick is a perfect fit for his new team. The Clippers were short on 3-point shooters, only shooting 35% from 3-point range. Redick and Dudley greatly improve their need. JJ has shown that his defense is not a weakness anymore and is a proven starter. Redick is a pure shooter and is great when it comes to catching and shooting especially on drive and kick situations that will occur with Chris Paul. His movement without the ball creates space for himself and gets open looks. Also, Blake Griffin will get more post up opportunities down low with less double teams because Redick is such a threat from deep that they can’t leave him open. JJ will be a key starter and contributor for the Clippers and with him being my favorite player, I hope he proves all the doubters wrong and comes up with a great season and career.
- Bledsoe to Suns, Redick to Clippers in Three-Team Deal (breitbart.com)
- Suns, Clippers both big winners in 3-team trade involving J.J. Redick, Eric Bledsoe (sbnation.com)
- J.J. Redick Joins Clippers In Three Team Deal (4umf.com)