Apparently Nets free-agent target J.J. Redick trusted the Process more than the Strategy.
Redick, whom the Nets were willing to offer a two-year contract and a key role off the bench, opted for a one-year, $23 million deal from Philadelphia.
“Trust the process,” Redick tweeted. ESPN, which had reported the deal seconds earlier, quoted the shooting guard as saying, “It’s where I wanted to be.”
The 33-year-old Redick obviously wanted to be in Philadelphia more than Brooklyn, despite the fact that he has family in the borough and owns a condo in Dumbo, just 1 ½ miles away from Barclays Center.
Trust the process
— JJ Redick (@JJRedick) July 1, 2017
In addition to the Nets, Redick also had interest from Houston and Minnesota. He would have provided leadership and shooting, his career 41.5 percent from 3-point range being 14th best in NBA history. Though the Nets were offering the unrestricted free agent an extra year on his deal, they wouldn’t offer him a starting role.
After acquiring 21-year-old D’Angelo Russell at the cost of the franchise’s all-time leading scorer Brook Lopez, the Nets were committed to starting the former No. 2-overall pick alongside Jeremy Lin and developing Russell as a cornerstone player in their rebuild.
Now, having lost out on Redick, where does that leave Brooklyn? Chasing restricted free agents, whom they were 0-3 in landing last season.
“We have an analytic value. We have a scouting value placed on these players, and if we feel comfortable with an offer to these players, whether restricted or unrestricted, we’ll make those deals,” Nets general manager Sean Marks said this week. “But we’re not going to go chase things.”
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The Nets have $28.5 million in cap space and are going to be calculating in how they use it to pursue remaining targets — such as Washington’s Otto Porter, Detroit’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Utah’s Joe Ingles, all three restricted free agents.
Porter, 24, is the top restricted free agent on the market, and could be the perfect fit for the Nets. He and agent David Falk had a late-night meeting with Washington, and the Wizards failed to lock him up, according to TNT, leaving the door open for Brooklyn.
But landing him is a long shot.
The Nets likely would be willing to offer him a four-year, $106 million maximum deal, starting at $24.75 million. TNT confirmed max offers are out there for Porter, and that he will take more visits over the weekend. The move for Redick eliminates the 76ers, one of the few suitors who could afford Porter or Caldwell-Pope.
But a source told The Post that Washington is determined to match any offer sheet for Porter, even if that means frugal owner Ted Leonsis has to pay the luxury tax for the first time. Another source told The Post the Pistons are expected to match any offer for Caldwell-Pope, also 24.
The Nets have procured a meeting with Ingles. Should they fail to land Porter, the 29-year-old Aussie provides at least some of the same strengths — a sweet-shooting small forward — at a much lower price point.
Porter was second in the NBA in offensive rating (129.1) and fourth in 3-point shooting (43.4 percent). But Ingles was actually a spot ahead at 44.1 percent, and will meet with the Nets. According to 16WinsARing, he will also meet with the Clippers, has interest from Memphis, and the Jazz have determined they won’t match any offer sheet that pushes them over the cap.
Ingles could have a four-year, $60 million deal on the table from Orlando, according to the Washington Post.
With the Nets leading the NBA in pace and heaving up the sixth-most 3s in history, Porter or Ingles could see their production spike — and help the league’s fifth-worst shooting team.