Something was missing this season for the 76ers. JJ Redick has an idea of what may have been part of the problem.
“They stopped not bringing me back, man,” Redick said on the “All the Smoke” podcast. “They fucked up not to bring me back.”
The 36-year veteran guard had played for the 76ers from 2017 to 2019, with the team competing in the Eastern Conference semifinals both seasons. They didn’t bring him back this season, though, and it ended with Brett Brown being fired and replaced by Doc Rivers.
Without Redick’s veteran presence and 3-point shot, the 76ers struggled to find their identity and were overwhelmed by the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs. They also failed to re-sign Jimmy Butler, who led the Heat to the NBA Finals.
After averaging 17.6 points with 40.7% of filming from beyond the Philadelphia arc, Redick has signed a two-year $ 26.5 million deal with the Pelicans.
Joel Embiid has expressed his frustration with how things went last summer, but he may not be alone.
“I’ve said that before, but the one consistent at Philly was the staff inside and out,” Redick said. “For example, you just have a lot of players coming in there. And so I think – Joel talked about this on my podcast – for him, he played with hundreds of teammates, I don’t even know at this point. He’s just a rotating cast of teammates, you know? “
And now a new coach. But it will be up to CEO Elton Brand to surround Embiid and Ben Simmons with a more stable supporting cast than they’ve had in recent years.
“These are two young guys, they are both All-NBA players,” Redick said. “I’d like to see [the Sixers] find a way to bring in a coach who can get the best out of them and surround them with great staff. “