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J.J. Redick re-signed with the Philadelphia 76ers on a one-year deal worth $12.25 million, but the sharpshooter says he almost signed with the Indiana Pacers.
On his podcast, Redick says he had a long conversation with Pacers head coach Nate McMillan and was close to reaching a deal with Indiana.
“I almost signed with Indy,” Redick said. “I was an hour away, two hours away. I was very close. I had a 5:00 PM deadline. It was 12:30, 1:00 in the afternoon when Philly changed the offer. I had a whole conversation with Nate McMillan too. It was really close.”
In his first season with the Sixers, Redick averaged 17.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 70 games, shooting 46.0 percent from the field and 42.0 percent from three.
Redick says he knew the Sixers were only going to offer him a one-year deal.
“I knew Philly was only going to do one year,” Redick said. “I had a similar mindset to DeMarcus [Cousins] going into free agency. If your incumbent team doesn’t offer you something, you need to go get an offer.”
Redick added he’s happy to be back with the Sixers, who are projected to be a top three team in the Eastern Conference next season.