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Sharpshooter J.J. Redick is an unrestricted free agent this summer and despite his love for LA and playing for the Clippers, all signs point toward the marksman leaving town and joining another team.
Perimeter shooting is very expensive on the open market and Redick and his camp are well aware of that.
According to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times, Redick is seeking $18-20 million per season on his next contract. The Clippers, who want to re-sign both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, probably won’t have enough money to pay Redick as well.
Redick, 33, has been with the Clippers since 2013. He’s averaged 15.8 points in his four years with LA while shooting 46.6 percent from the field and 44 percent beyond the arc.
The veteran guard has become one of the best spot-up shooters in the league, as he tires out opponents with constant motion on offense — a trait a bevy of teams could use right now.
The Clippers were knocked out in the first round of the playoffs again this past season, this time by an up-and-coming Utah Jazz team.
Redick, just like the rest of his Clippers teammates, struggled mightily in the series versus Utah, as he only averaged 9.1 points on 38 percent shooting on twos and 34.6 percent on threes.
Nevertheless, executives around the league believe Redick will be heavily pursued by a number of teams once the free agency period begins July 1.
Redick has firmly established himself as a reliable sniper in the regular season, and in a league that is trending toward playing faster and shooting more perimeter shots, the former Duke star should see teams lining up at his door ready to offer a contract.
The Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets reportedly will push to sign Redick. Some around the NBA also believe Clippers owner Steve Ballmer could go into the luxury tax to keep Redick.