The Los Angeles Clippers will be needing to make a tough decision in the upcoming offseason as three of their starters, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and J.J. Redick, are expected to become free agents. The latest report revealed that the Clippers plan to give Paul and Griffin max contracts. However, they aren’t willing to give Redick’s demand as it would put them deeper in the salary tax hell.
The Clippers suffered an early exit in the NBA Playoffs 2017 after losing to the Utah Jazz in the first round. Since then, various speculations continue to circulate about the Clippers’ plan to break their “Big Three.” Paul, Griffin, and Jordan played together in Los Angeles with the goal of giving the Clippers their first Larry O’Brien Trophy.
Unfortunately, as of now, their only biggest achievement was reaching the Western Conference Semifinals. Still, it seems like the Clippers aren’t yet giving up on their superstars as they plan to bring Paul and Griffin back once they become free agents. The Clippers reportedly plan to give them max contracts in the upcoming offseason.
NBA Free Agency: LA Clippers lowball J.J. Redick
Unlike Paul and Griffin, the Clippers aren’t willing to spend much money on veteran shooting guard J.J. Redick, who’ll become an unrestricted free agent this summer. According to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times, Redick is expected to demand $18-20 million per season.
“J.J. Redick, who is an unrestricted free agent, is looking to earn $18-20 million per season, according to the officials. The Clippers probably won’t pay that much, the officials said, but the team won’t rule out re-signing Redick for the right price,” Turner wrote.
It’s easy to understand why the Clippers don’t want to go that high for the veteran sharpshooter. At 32, there is no doubt that Redick is already on the downside of his career. In the Clippers-Jazz first-round matchup, he only averaged 9.1 points on 38 percent shooting from the field and 34.6 percent from 3-point range.
J.J. Redick: Stay or leave?
J.J. Redick needs to decide whether he’s willing to take a pay cut or entertain other offers in the upcoming offseason. Paying Redick $18-20 million annually while giving Paul and Griffin max contracts will put the Clippers deeper in the salary tax hell. If Redick wouldn’t take less money, the Clippers will likely find a cheaper alternative this summer.
There will surely be several NBA teams who’re interested in adding Redick on their team. Teams like the Philadelphia 76ers, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks and Denver Nuggets will have enough cap space to sign Redick in free agency.
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