Redick signs for $23 mil­lion

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - MOTOR SPORTS/NBA -

J.J. Redick is trust­ing the process. Gor­don Hay­ward got his sales pitch from Mi­ami. And David West, fi­nally a cham­pion, is com­ing back for one last sea­son.

The first day of NBA free agency Satur­day saw things start­ing to take shape, though there’s still dozens of more moves to come in the next few days. Af­ter an open­ing flurry that saw Stephen Curry get a $201 mil­lion deal from the NBA cham­pion Golden State War­riors and Blake Grif­fin take about $175 mil­lion to stay with the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers, most teams started to look at names more within their price range.

Redick agreed to a $23 mil­lion, one-year deal with the Philadel­phia 76ers. West is go­ing back to the War­riors on the veter­ans min­i­mum, which is now worth $2.3 mil­lion. And Detroit got some solid in­sur­ance at point guard, agree­ing with Langston Gal­loway on a three-year deal.

But all that, of course, was over­shad­owed by Curry’s deal — the big­gest con­tract in NBA his­tory.

“Steph should be get­ting 400M this sum­mer,” Cleve­land star Le­Bron James tweeted.

The rules, for now, only al­low for Curry to get half of that.

With nearly $1 bil­lion in deals agreed to just in Day One of this year’s free agency pe­riod, there is no short­age of money out there for teams to hand out.

And while Curry got the most, other point guards got plenty — or will when con­tracts can start be­ing signed Thurs­day.

Jrue Hol­i­day agreed to re­turn to New Or­leans for $126 mil­lion over five years, with in­cen­tives po­ten­tially push­ing that to $150 mil­lion. Patty Mills is re­turn­ing to San An­to­nio for the next four years at $50 mil­lion, and Jeff Teague agreed with Min­nesota on a three-year, $57 mil­lion deal.

Still out there is an­other big of­fer: John Wall has a chance to sign a four-year ex­ten­sion worth $168 mil­lion with the Wizards, an­other deal un­der the so-called Su­per­max struc­ture that al­lowed Curry to get his record pay­day.

In other ma­jor free agent news Satur­day:

■ Redick made his in­ten­tions for next sea­son clear with three sim­ple words: “Trust the process,” he tweeted, his way of say­ing he was head­ing to the 76ers, who have made that phrase their mantra dur­ing their long re­build­ing process. Redick av­er­aged 15.0 points and made 43 per­cent of his three-point­ers last sea­son for the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers, who will now need two new start­ing guards next sea­son af­ter point guard Chris Paul was traded to the Hous­ton Rock­ets.

■ Hay­ward was greeted by Heat play­ers for his freeagent visit, along with a ban­ner strate­gi­cally placed out­side Amer­i­canAir­lines Arena show­ing him in a Heat uni­form. The All-Star for­ward who is com­ing off the best sea­son of his ca­reer spent sev­eral hours with Mi­ami of­fi­cials such as team Pres­i­dent Pat Ri­ley, and he is ex­pected to visit with Bos­ton and Utah — the in­cum­bent team — be­fore mak­ing a de­ci­sion in the com­ing days.

■ Af­ter locking up Hol­i­day to feed the ball to All-Star big men DeMar­cus Cousins and An­thony Davis, the Pel­i­cans were talk­ing with guards Nick Young and Ty Law­son about join­ing New Or­leans as well. ■ Dion Wait­ers, who spent last sea­son with the Heat, had a list of free-agency tar­gets re­vealed that not only in­cluded Mi­ami but also Chicago, New York and Sacramento. ■ Cleve­land of­fered shoot­ing guard Kyle Korver a new con­tract. The 36-year-old has ex­pressed a de­sire to stay with Cleve­land af­ter mak­ing it to his first NBA Fi­nals.

AP/KYLE TERADDA

Kyle Korver has in­di­cated that he wishes to stay with the Cleve­land Cava­liers and the team has of­fered him a new con­tract.

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