Should Oklahoma City Thunder Pursue J.J. Redick in 2013 NBA Free Agency?

By Michael Terrill
Should Oklahoma City Thunder Pursue J.J. Redick in 2013 NBA Free Agency
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The Oklahoma City Thunder are hoping that shooting guard Kevin Martin will take a pay cut to re-sign with the team in the offseason. However, if he decides to take a larger sum of money to play for a different organization, the Thunder must be prepared to sign another shooting guard to take his spot. One player in particular that would be a good fit is J.J. Redick.

The 28-year-old may not be able to put up points as Martin is capable of doing, but he certainly could handle the sixth man role. Redick is an above-average shooter who specializes from beyond the arc. He is able to put up a decent amount of points per game, at least enough in the second rotation to give the team a chance to win.

There is no question several teams will be after him in free agency, including the Milwaukee Bucks who will be looking to re-sign him. Even though he could command a decent contract from a team like the Bucks, the fact that he could legitimately win a championship ring with the Thunder could be enough for him to sign with them.

Redick will not have the pressure of scoring a large amount of points because Oklahoma City already has Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to do that. What he will need to do is consistently knock down 3-point shots. Redick shot 36.6 from beyond the arc in 78 games with the Orlando Magic and Milwaukee last season. More importantly, he has converted 39.0 percent of his 6.0 3-point field goal attempts per game in 424 career contests.

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