By Michael Donovan
The Sixers are in first place in the Atlantic Division with a 20-7 record as they prepare for the Nets tonight in Brooklyn.
And their new cast has been fitting together quite well.
But, if they are looking to add a 3-point sniper, former Philly guard JJ Redick is rumored to be available.
Redick left Philly for New Orleans in free agency last summer, despite saying he wanted to finish his career out with the Sixers. He received a hefty two-year contract, which is worth over $26 million.
Since Redick is an important veteran leader on the Pelicans, the team isn’t rushing to get him out of there. Just because they aren’t actively selling him, though, doesn’t mean Redick is off-limits when it comes to trading.
“Multiple executives believe New Orleans could be convinced to trade him for a significant offer,” Kevin O’Connor writes on The Ringer. Since the Sixers have had trouble replacing Redick’s sharpshooting from three-point range, it would be interesting to see him come back as a bench piece.
As Brett Brown believes the only player on the team who can fill the void of Redick’s shooting is Tobias Harris, that says the Sixers could use the veteran back on the roster for a slightly lesser role.
That’s not a knock on Harris, who has begun to earn his money as of late. But just because he’s been a reliable scorer, doesn’t mean he has turned into a volume shooter overnight. The Sixers won’t kid themselves; they could use Redick’s outside shooting from off of the bench. The only thing holding them back from re-acquiring him is going to be the price that New Orleans demands.