Something was missing this season for the 76ers. J.J. Redick has an idea what may have been part of the problem.
“They f–ked up not bringing me back, man,” Redick said on the “All the Smoke” podcast. “They f–ked up not bringing me back.”
The 36-year-old veteran guard had played for the 76ers from 2017-2019, with the team going to the Eastern Conference semifinals both seasons. They did not bring him back this season, though, and it ended in Brett Brown getting fired and being replaced by Doc Rivers.
Without Redick’s veteran presence and 3-point shooting, the 76ers struggled to find their identity and got swept by the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs. They also failed to re-sign Jimmy Butler, who has led the Heat to the NBA Finals.
After averaging 17.6 points on 40.7 percent shooting from beyond the arc in Philadelphia, Redick signed a two-year, $26.5 million contract with the Pelicans.
Joel Embiid has expressed his frustration over how things played out last summer, but he may not be alone.
“I’ve said this before, but the one consistent in Philly has been personnel in and out,” Redick said. “Like, you just have a ton of players that come through there. And so I think — Joel talked about this on my podcast — for him, he’s played with like, I don’t even f–king know at this point, hundreds of teammates. It’s just a rotating cast of teammates, you know?”
And now a new coach. But it will be up to general manager Elton Brand to surround Embiid and Ben Simmons with a more stable supporting cast than they have had in recent years.
“Those are two young guys, they’re both All-NBA players,” Redick said. “I would love to see [the Sixers] figure out a way to bring in a coach that can get the best out of them and surround them with great personnel.”
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