“Somebody on Twitter the other day dug up an old tweet from 2011 when I said that I was roaming the streets of Philadelphia and it was one of my favorite cities and it’s a very underrated city,” Redick said. “Six years later, I still feel the same way.”
By Mary Cunningham
While the Summer Sixers compete in Vegas, the big club signed their free agents yesterday: J. J. Redick and Amir Johnson (above):
“Truthfully, for probably the eight weeks between the season and free agency, as we got closer and closer to free agency, I wanted to be in Philadelphia,” Redick said at his introductory press conference. “That was the place I wanted to be.”
Redick agreed to a one-year, $23 million contract with the Sixers on July 1, the first day of free agency.
“You brought 40 people to the meeting,” Redick said, turning to big boss Bryan Colangelo. “It was just a great experience.”
“What this team needed more than anything was a shooter,” Colangelo said. “We arguably have the best shooter in the league.”
“Yeah, I would just say that Josh and Dave and Bryan aren’t paying me $23 million to be a leader,” Redick said. “They’re paying me that because I can play and same thing with Amir [Johnson].”
Redick had been enticed by the possibility of playing under Brett Brown.
“To be honest, he was probably the biggest factor in this decision,” Redick said of Brown. “He’s someone that I’ve watched and I wanted to play for. I’m thrilled to be playing for him next year.”