J.J. Redick is a realist. Though he is coming off a just-completed season when he averaging a career-high 18.1 points along with 2.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists, he understands he is not the first priority of the Philadelphia 76ers as he heads toward unrestricted free agency July 1.
“I couldn’t say now what will be available and what options will be there July 1,” he said, according to Philly.com. “Obviously, I recognize I’m a little bit down the totem pole here. I had to wait around last summer as well.”
Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris, two of Philadelphia’s other cogs in the squad that was eliminated in a Game 7 loss to the Toronto Raptors in the second round of the playoffs, will also hit the open market in July. Butler was linked to the Brooklyn Nets on Friday.
After the 76ers tried but could not land LeBron James and Paul George on the first day of free agency last summer, the brought back Redick on a one-year deal July 2 after he had averaged a then-career best 17.1 points.
This season, Redick bettered that mark, also setting a 76ers franchise record by making 240 3-pointers.
Redick expressed his preference is to return to Philadelphia next season.
“Obviously, I’d love to be back,” he 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.
“Again, you don’t know how it’s sort of going to play out. I’m mature enough to recognize that and know that Sixers have other priorities just like they did last summer.”