Posted by Royce Young
If there was ever a place for Michael Redd to go -- a player that's dealt with major knee injuries -- it's Phoenix.
The Suns announced the 32-year-old Redd has signed a deal to play in Phoenix this season. Terms were not released, but you'd have to assume it's a one-year veteran minimum deal given Redd's injury history.
“Michael Redd has a proven pedigree as a first-rate NBA scorer,” said Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby in a release. “He will work with our renowned training staff to get into basketball shape. When he is ready to play, Michael will be a welcome addition to our team.”
You see? Even Babby knows it's all about the training staff.
The Suns trainers have gained quite the reputation for extending Steve Nash's career well into his 30s as well as revitalizing Grant Hill from a number of big injuries. Redd, once an All-Star and Olympian, has battled knee issues for years after blowing out his ACL and MCL in 2008-09.
Redd played in a total of 61 games over the last three seasons after tearing the ACL and MCL in his left knee on two separate occasions in both 2008-09 and 2009-10. He returned to play the final 10 games of the 2010-11 season, averaging 4.4 points in 13.4 minutes with Milwaukee.
Before that, Redd was a prolific scorer and shooter for the Bucks. He averaged 26.7 points per game in 2006-07 and had six straight years averaging 20 or better.
If Redd is able to regain even a little bit of his old form, he's a nice pickup for Phoenix. It's a low risk, high reward move. If the Suns training staff can wave their wand or do whatever they do and help Redd recover some of his ability, he could have a couple of decent seasons left. He's played for 11 years and at 32, shouldn't be done quite yet.