Michael Redd’s return to the Milwaukee Bucks may happen in March. Michael Redd has been sidelined with injuries for quite some time, and at this point many Bucks fans may have forgotten about how good Redd used to be. If he could get back anywhere close to the player he used to be, Redd could be the perfect addition to a team trying to make it into the postseason.
According to Fox Sports, “Redd said he’s close to heading back to Milwaukee and his goal is to return to the court shortly after the NBA All-Star break, likely the first week of March.” That could mean the Bucks have a healthy Redd right alongside a healthy Brandon Jennings as the team tries to make a final run at the 2011 Eastern Conference Playoffs. Right now the Bucks are sitting in ninth place in the East right now, just a game and a half behind the Charlotte Bobcats for the eighth seed.
Milwaukee has been hamstrung with Redd’s contract for some time now, including this season as they pay his $18.3 million salary. It’s the last year of his contract, though, so the Bucks are about to become clear of his salary being on the books.
That in itself could be enough to get Redd back and playing at a good clip because he will need to prove that he is worth something in the free agent market. There are quite a few teams that need a good shooting guard this offseason, and if Redd can prove his value, he could be worth quite a bit.
Redd used to be one of the best shooters in the NBA, averaging a career high of 26.7 points per game in the 2006-07 season. For his career he has also averaged 20.3 points per game, and if he could provide some of that offense to these Bucks, this might actually be a team that becomes tough to contend with in the playoffs. It would be very interesting to see a lineup of Redd, Jennings, Maggette, and Bogut all in the starting lineup. That might actually be a tough team to stop if Milwaukee can find the right team to play against in the playoffs.
Regarding the future in Milwaukee, the team will have some money to spend next year, and that could turn them into players in the free agent market. If Redd isn’t coming back, the Bucks could work out a sign-and-trade deal in order to get back a couple of assets. This may be Brandon Jennings’ team for the foreseeable future, but he will need a bit more help on the court.