J.J. Redick explains how he was "very close" to joining the Indiana Pacers

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Heading into free agency this summer, J.J. Redick's number one priority was to re-sign with the Philadelphia 76ers. 

Despite interest on both sides, he was always unlikely to receive the same one-year, $23 million deal he got from the team last season. 

With a deal potentially in doubt, Redick explored his options and spoke with other interested suitors. 

In the end, he got his wish as he agreed another one-year contract worth around $13m with the Sixers. 

Last minute u-turn

But the veteran made an interesting revelation on his podcast this week as he explained that he was very close to joining the Indiana Pacers. 

"I almost signed with Indy, I mean I was an hour away, two hours away," he said on the most recent edition of the J.J. Redick podcast.

"I was very close, I had a 5 p.m. deadline and it was basically 12:30-1 o'clock in the afternoon when Philly changed the offer… I had a whole conversation with Nate McMillan.

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“I had a similar mindset to DeMarcus [Cousins] going into free agency… if your incumbent team doesn’t offer, you need to go get an offer.”

The Pacers were in the market for a shooting guard and quickly moved on from their failure to land the 34-year-old. 

“You know they ended up getting Tyreke (Evans), which is a great signing,” Redick said. “He’s a fantastic player.”

Philly was initially keen to lure a marquee free agent and was reserving most of its money for potentially two max players to join. 

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But with the top names like LeBron James and Paul George quickly deciding where they wanted to go, it allowed the 76ers a chance to retain Redick. 

It was a smart move in the end as the three-point marksman enjoyed a career year with the franchise. 

The 12-year vet averaged 17.1 points per game while shooting 46 percent from the field and 42 percent from beyond the arc. 

He was an important piece alongside talented young stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons as he helped to space the floor. 

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The former Duke Blue Devil put up 18.2 points in the playoffs as Philadelphia made it to the second round in the Eastern Conference. 

The Sixers will hope that Redick can replicate that same form next season as they look to make further strides. 

With LeBron heading to the west, they'll go into the 2018-19 campaign with serious hopes of reaching the NBA Finals. 

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