The Milwaukee Bucks want free agent shooting guard Michael Redd to return to the team but according to Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times, Redd may end up joining one of the East’s power teams:
I’ve heard Milwaukee Bucks management approached Michael Redd before the lockout about returning for another season, although my impeccable sources insist he’s going to wind up with one of the Eastern Conference’s title contenders.
Interesting the Bucks would want Redd back despite his recent bout with devastating knee injuries.
After securing a six-year $91 million contract in 2005, Redd tore his left ACL and MCL in 2009 and missed the rest of the season. And just when he looked fully recovered, Redd tore the same ACL and MCL the following season. He would once again miss the rest of the Bucks’ season. However, Redd did return to play in 10 games for Milwaukee last season after being sidelined for 14 months.
So the question now becomes: Do the Bucks really want to take a chance on the former All-Star and his knee or will any other reported East title contender take the same chance?
There is no denying he can light up the box score. For his career, he has averaged 20 points per game, 2.3 assists, 84% from the free throw line, 38% from the three point line, and 44% from the field. So it seems he’d be worth the risk for the right price.
If you are the Bucks or any other team flirting with signing him, you obviously cannot give him something similar to what he signed with Milwaukee in 2005. A two, or three year maximum deal with a team option to re-sign him depending on the health of his knee and his game seems best.
Let me reiterate, he played in 10 games for the Bucks last season after a 14 month absence from the court. And now with the offseason/lockout, one has to wonder if Redd can still be the Redd which made him an All-Star in 2004.
Regardless, should he go to an East title contender such as the Heat, Magic, Celtics or Bulls, there would be no doubt he can have an impact and add depth to a team’s roster should he be the same player he was prior to the knee injuries.
With Miami, they will have the shooter they hoped Mike Miller would be. He could be a threat to create space for Chris Bosh and a reliable shooter to knock down the open shot when LeBron James or Dwayne Wade get in the lane. With Orlando, they would have an outside threat to create space for Dwight Howard and not to mention, added help for Howard – something Howard has told the Magic front office he needs. With Boston, he would be another veteran presence on the court, and a dead-eye shooter to also create space for Garnett and provide scoring off the bench (something the Celtics desperately needed in the playoffs last year). With Chicago, he would make a great compliment in the back court with Derrick Rose, providing a solid one-two punch.
However, if he does indeed land with an Eastern Conference power, then he will have to defer and understand he will not be a “go-to” player like he can be with Milwaukee alongside Andrew Bogut. He might also have to accept coming off the bench, especially on team like Miami and Boston. With Orlando he might be a second or third option.
Of course all this will depend on what he is going to demand as a free agent. Orlando may not be able to afford him if Redd wants something long-term considering their current financial state. Boston may pass seeing how Ray Allen plays the same position unless Redd is willing to play off the bench. However, with Chicago, they do not have much financial flexibility and Redd would have to sign a cheaper contract. This leaves Miami and Chicago as the most viable destinations of the four Eastern Conference title contenders.