Yesterday Ben Bolch tweeted:
J.J. Redick said the back spasms that have sidelined him the last few years result from a degenerative disc he's had since he was 12 or 13.— Ben Bolch (@latbbolch) November 27, 2015
This is important news for Clippers' fans both for the present season and also beyond. J.J. Redick is a key cog in the offense; arguably the 3rd most important player: ahead of DeAndre Jordan and only behind Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. Since his back spasms are related to a degenerative disc, it may be unrealistic to expect him to ever become fully healthy. This would limit Doc Rivers' ability to play Redick as the season goes on. Realistically Doc may want to give Redick occasional days off or simply reduce his overall minutes per game. If this is the case, the Clippers would need players like Lance Stephenson and Jamal Crawford to step up and produce with additional minutes.
Additionally, this makes one wonder how durable J.J. Redick may be going forward. His contract with the Clippers ends after the 2016-2017 season.