It was reported last week that the Clippers acquired Redick in a sign-and-trade, a move that Redick is excited by.
“Going into free agency, I didn’t know what to expect,” Redick told Baumann.
“The Clippers thing kind of articulated over the course of 24-48 hours. Going into free agency, the Clippers thing wasn’t really on my radar. I think my prior relationship with Doc [Rivers] certainly helped and he kind of targeted me as a guy that he wanted on the team. I had to jump through some hoops, [and] on both sides we were able to get the deal done.”
He spoke very highly of Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, pretty much saying that was one of the things that persuaded him to sign with the Clippers. “He’s a guy that if you name 5 coaches in the NBA, he’d be on that five that I’d want to play for,” Redick said of Rivers.
Redick is unsure at this point whether or not he’ll be the sixth man in Los Angeles as they currently have Jamal Crawford. He mentioned that he nearly signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves because of the opportunity to start there, but ultimately settled with the Clippers due to the winning nature of their team, and of course, the weather.
Redick addressed the rumors that he took less money to join the Clippers. He said that the other offers he received were all in the same range with each other. He didn’t really want to talk about the exact numbers on his new contract, but said it’s in the range of the reported four years, $27 million.
Finally, Baumann asked Redick if he followed the circus that surrounded Dwight Howard.
“I didn’t really follow it, to be honest with you because it didn’t really affect me … I jumped on Hoops Hype at about 11:30 [Friday night] and saw that he picked the Rockets. That’s about all I followed it.”
You can hear the full interview here, via the David Baumann Show.
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