Sharpshooter J.J. Redick returned to the 76ers on Monday in a significant yet unsurprising move, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal worth somewhere between $12 and $13 million, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Redick signed a one-year, $23-million dollar contract last offseason.
While the Los Angeles Lakers were fumbling around in the post-LeBron signing haze, Redick appeared to be the flawless addition to the Lake Show, but as they were scurrying to lock down JaVale McGee and Lance Stephenson, Philadelphia ensured the former Duke standout was not going to call anywhere but the Wells Fargo Center home in 2018-19.
As it stands now, the Cavs believe they are still in the mix to retain James and can offer significantly more money - $207 million over five years, compared to $152 million over four years - than the Lakers and 76ers, another team seen as a strong likely suitor.
The 76ers won 52 games last season and lost to Boston in the Eastern Conference semifinals. They can open up even more space if they find a way to move the $8.6 million they owe guard Jerryd Bayless in 2018-19.
A person with knowledge of the situation says the Dallas Mavericks are making another run at DeAndre Jordan, three years after the center jilted them in free agency to stay with the Los Angeles Clippers. The Sixers have shown a willingness to trade for Leonard without a promise that he'd re-sign with them in 2019, when he'd be able to opt out of his contract.
The other main team affected is the San Antonio Spurs, who are looking to deal unhappy star Kawhi Leonard to the Lakers.
James has played in the NBA Finals eight consecutive years.
James' camp and the Cavaliers' front office have maintained a dialogue since the season ended, sources said.
Redick is arguably coming off a career year in Philadelphia, averaging a career high 17.1 points per game at a very nice 42 percent clip from beyond the arc.