The New York Knicks added a bevy of quality shooters this offseason, ranging from Evan Fournier to Quentin Grimes, but you can never have enough 3-PT specialists. With that idea in mind, it’s entirely possible veteran shooter JJ Redick ends up playing at MSG this upcoming season if the timing and situation present itself.
Redick stated on his podcast, The Old Man and The Three ,Â that he’s in no rush to join a team during training camp, preferring to find a landing spot at the right time in a few months.
“â€‹â€‹My focus right now is just hanging with my family and enjoying the offseason. And we’ll make a decision on next seasonâ€”what team, what city, etc.â€”probably sometime in the next two or three months. But, you know, I would say, pretty much definitively, like, I won’t be in a training camp to start the season. That’s not gonna happen. So, you know, I’ll join a team at some point this season and finish the year and try to go get a chip.”
According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, Redick could be targeting either the Knicks or Nets at some point in the season, depending on what team is in a better spot to compete for the postseason. With injuries playing a major part in Brooklyn’s demise last season, it’s entirely possible the Knicks are in a similar spot, considering they landed the 4th seed in the Eastern Conference last year with major holes on the roster.
With Redick residing in Brooklyn with family, staying in New York is a guarantee. Having suffered through a heel injury last season, being cleared before returning to basketball activity will likely be a priority if he elects to make a return. If Brooklyn or the Knicks are in need of a quality shooter, despite Redick being 37-years-old, he will be on their doorstep waiting for a contract.
Last season, Redick avered 7.4 points over just 16.4 minutes of play with the Pelicans and Mavericks. However, during the 2019-20 season, Redick contributed 15.3 points on 45.3% shooting from 3-PT range. He’s more than capable of offering instant offense and getting into space, but at this point in his career, expecting quality defense would be optimistic.
Ultimately, Redick would be a last resort for the Knicks — relying on their youngsters, Immanuel Quickley and Quentin Grimes is likely more of a preference.