After spending most of his career underpaid on contenders, it makes sense that a marquee role player like J.J. Redick would be more interested in getting paid this summer than chasing rings.
Most rumors so far have connected him to Atlantic Division teams like the New Jersey Nets and Philadelphia 76ers, but it sounds like he hasn’t yet ruled out taking a discount to join an elite team if the money is right. According to Brad Turner of the LA Times, Redick might have his eye on reuniting with Chris Paul on the Houston Rockets.
JJ Redick interested in joining Rockets if finances can work, per source. He still looking at 76ers, Nets for between $16-$18 million a year— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) June 30, 2017
We should note that this report, which likely comes from someone in Redick’s camp, doesn’t necessarily mean that the interest is mutual. With Paul, James Harden, and Eric Gordon already on the roster, it seems unlikely that the Rockets are motivated to clear the necessary space to add another guard when that money might be better spent on a wing or big. Or maybe this rumor was put out to give Redick more leverage in contract negotiations with teams like Philly and Brooklyn.