Adrian Wojnarowski: Sixers should pursue J.J. Redick in free agency

Adrian Wojnarowski: Sixers should pursue J.J. Redick in free agency

The Sixers were awarded the third-overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft on Tuesday, but they’re expected to be major players in free agency as well, and the league’s most prominent reporter has linked the club to Clippers guard J.J. Redick.

Redick is going to be in “great demand” when the market opens on July 1, particularly among Eastern Conference teams, according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski. While the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks could enter the chase for the 12-year veteran as well, Woj believes the most intriguing fit may be with the Sixers.

“(Redick is) their chance to maybe get that shooting and get a veteran who would be tremendous in that locker room, to help build a culture and environment, to put him alongside Ben Simmons,” Wojnarowski said on Wednesday.

“They’re going to have to pay. He’s going to be in that $16-17 million-plus range as a free agent, but that’s going to I think play into what Philadelphia does here at three.”

Redick was a role player for eight seasons with the Orlando Magic before signing with the Clippers in 2013 and becoming a starter. He’s been a consistent scorer for L.A., averaging 15.8 points per game in 28.9 minutes over four seasons, and leading the NBA in three-point shooting percentage in ’15-16.

Outside shooting is an area where the Sixers are lacking. Nik Stauskas led the team with a 36.8 shooting percentage last season, followed by center Joel Embiid at 36.7 percent and Hollis Thompson -- waived in January -- at 36.6 percent. Redick shot 42.9 percent from downtown in ’16-17.

Redick has his limitations and turns 33 in June, but he certainly fits the bill as an outside shooter and veteran presence. With Simmons and Embiid drawing a lot of attention inside, Redick would see plenty of open looks, which he’s proven capable of knocking down. In fact, the makeup of the Sixers’ frontcourt is not entirely unlike the Clippers’, which is probably why he seems like an obvious fit.

The money seems high, but that’s the cost of doing business. And if the Sixers choose somebody like Kansas’ Josh Jackson in the draft -- somebody whose shot needs work -- the need to add a sniper in the backcourt will only increase.

Redick isn’t the type of player who is going create as much excitement as the third pick in the draft, but he certainly makes a lot of sense for the Sixers, even as currently constructed. Heavy competition for his services could be an issue, although this might be the best situation for Redick to succeed as well.

The Game of Zones-Joel Embiid mashup you didn't know you needed

The Game of Zones-Joel Embiid mashup you didn't know you needed

There are times in all of our Internet lives when we come across a piece of content that we don't quite understand, that we didn't really know we needed, yet fills our black Philadelphia sports fan hearts with joy anyway.

Today is one of those days.

And that piece of content is this Game of Zones x Embiid mashup.

If you're unfamiliar, this is the latest in Bleacher Report's fun take on a Game of Thrones / NBA mashup.

There's the mountain of a man that is Joel Embiid laid up with a presumably bum knee. There's the Temple of Shirley potion to give him life. There's the maester Sam Hinkie shouting off his analytics spells. There's Hinkie talking about growing the seeds and reaping the harvest. There's a terrifying looking Dario. There is a raising of the cat. 

Perhaps the best part is Jahlil Okafor attempting to hold the door.

What does it all mean? I don't know. But I trust it.

Jim Harbaugh takes blame for Jim Schwartz handshake feud

Jim Harbaugh takes blame for Jim Schwartz handshake feud

With one season in Philadelphia under Jim Schwartz’s belt, Eagles fans are well aware of the intensity the defensive coordinator brings to the sidelines. But before joining Doug Pederson's staff, Schwartz attracted plenty of attention during a five-year stint as head coach of the Detroit Lions from 2009-2013. A highlight of his tenure in the Motor City developed a new wrinkle this week.

Maybe the most memorable moment during his time in Detroit was the unnecessarily ugly midfield feud in 2011’s Week 6 with then-49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh. Schwartz marched to midfield for the postgame handshake after his Lions took their first loss of the season. Harbaugh, a usually-excited guy with cause for a little extra enthusiasm after a fourth straight win, came in too strong for Schwartz’s liking. Schwartz chased down Harbaugh as he ran for the tunnel and the two exchanged some choice words. Coaches and players flocked to the tussle. What started as standard postgame procedure became the national talking-point nobody needed for the ensuing week.

The six-year-old incident returned to the conversation this week with Harbaugh, now the head coach at the University of Michigan, admitting on Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take podcast (and as transcribed by ESPN) that he was to blame for things getting out of hand. 

"I went in too hard on that, too aggressive on the handshake," Harbaugh said on the podcast. "We've talked, and we're good. We're back to friends. ... There is a protocol in a postgame handshake. I've been there as the winner. I've been there as a loser. You just, 'Nice game,' then go celebrate. Premature celebration there, in the wrong."

On top of discussing his gifting Pope Francis a pair of Jordan sneakers and his theory that bringing a glove to catch a foul ball is acceptable for fans, Harbaugh went on to explain the last time he got in a real fight, as opposed to the silly scrum that went down at Ford Field that fateful day. He was 39, at the end of his days as a player, and got into it with two men at a restaurant.

"I did not win," he said. "I cannot say I won. I didn't get crushed, either. I got some blows in."

Harbaugh has a reputation for his passion, and the handshake debacle with Schwartz was no exception. It’s just that his passion often translates to doing things in a non-traditional way. He’s the khakis guy, always sporting his trademark dad-pants on the sidelines — he even tucked an Allen Iverson jersey into them once. He’ll do anything to get a leg up in recruiting, for example, sleeping over at a recruit's house for some “Netflix and Chill.”

Schwartz, similarly, is frequently fired up, and that aggression bleeds into his defensive scheme. 

Harbaugh is in the college game now, so the development in this nearly forgotten exchange isn’t life-changing. But if he ever returns to the pros, it’s good to know a postgame handshake with Schwartz wouldn't revive any bad blood.