The Los Angeles Clippers made a major trade on Wednesday by moving All-Star point guard Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets, which has put a large cloud of uncertainty over the franchise
One of the key pieces up that could be highly affected by the situation is veteran guard J.J. Redick, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. With that in mind, Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson sent a direct tweet at Redick prompting him to sign with the other team down the hallway.
Clarkson may have immediately deleted the tweet, but it doesn’t take away from the fact there is interest from players on the Lakers’ roster in the 33-year-old. Redick has carved out quite a productive NBA career that has seen him develop into one of the best shooters in the league averaging for his career 11.9 points on 41.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc in 11 seasons.
With that in mind, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka has previously stated that the team will be in the market for shooting help in the backcourt in free agency. Redick fits that mold in head coach Luke Walton‘s uptempo offense that heavily utilizes 3-point shooting behind spreading the floor.
However, Los Angeles may be hesitant to pay Redick his desired $18-$20 million base annual salary that he’s looking to land on his next deal. On top of that, the team only has about $18 million in salary cap room this offseason, which makes it hard to believe that they would commit almost all of that space to just one player in free agency.
Unless the Lakers make a deal to free up more cap space or Redick is willing to drop his asking price, this pairing seems highly unlikely. However, things could drastically change once the free agency period begins on Friday night.
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