Sharpshooting guard J.J. Redick signed with Philadelphia earlier this offseason.
Some news came out today that the Rockets, who were in pursuit of J.J. Redick, actually offered him more money than he accepted in Philly. He signed with the Sixers on a 1-year, $23 million deal earlier this month.
To be fair, Redick said that the Rockets offered more money total than the Sixers. This likely means that Houston was willing to give him a multi-year offer, unlike Philadelphia. In the end, he chose to trust the process.
While it is disappointing that the Rockets did not get a player the quality of Redick, was it really a blessing in disguise?
Why It Is Good That the Rockets Did Not Sign Redick
One reason that it is good that Redick did not sign here is that he would have been unhappy in his role. He would have come off the bench and split time with Eric Gordon. Redick specifically stated that to be the reason.
— Adam Wexler (@awexlerKPRC) July 19, 2017
This answer is a respectable one for someone looking to cash in and have a big role with a developing franchise.
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Also, if the Rockets would have given J.J. Redick that amount of money, they likely would not have signed key role players like Tarik Black and P.J. Tucker. The team is better off defensively for letting Redick go to the Sixers. While it would have been fun to see one of the best 3-point shooters in the league come to Houston, he is best where he is now.
It is cool to see how Chris Paul was trying to recruit Redick to Houston right after he got traded. His impact on the Rockets will be huge and this is just the beginning of some good times for the Houston Rockets.
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