Tag:Michael Redd
Posted on: December 29, 2011 12:42 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2011 12:45 pm

Suns sign Michael Redd

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.
Posted on: December 15, 2011 8:51 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2011 10:50 pm

Free Agent Buzz 12.15.11: Signing Day

Posted by EOB

On a shortened schedule with the conclusion of the NBA lockout, free agency is going to be fast and furious. To keep track of all the wheelings, dealings, rumors, and reports, check Eye on Basketball daily for the Free Agency Buzz.

10:16 p.m.
  • The San Antonio Spurs have announced that they re-signed Steve Novak to a 1-year deal.
8:50 p.m. ET:
  • Sportando.net reports that Jeff Adrien, who had been playing in Italy, is bouncing out on Bennetton Basket so that he can sign a deal with the Houston Rockets
Posted on: June 17, 2011 12:48 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2011 12:54 pm

Basketball players lead top 50 richest athletes

Posted by Royce Young

It's good to be a basketballer.

Sports Illustrated released its annual "Fortunate 50" list that compiles the top 50 earners in sports. And basketball players lead the way with 19 of the top 50. Baseball was second with 17, the NFL third with eight, NASCAR and golf tied for fourth with three.

LeBron James was the top basketball money-maker, coming in third overall with an estimated $44.5 million this past year. That included $30 million from endorsements alone. All that badwill created from The Decision didn't appear to hurt King James in the pocketbook. Maybe he can offer Dirk Nowitzki a couple milion to touch the trophy.

Kobe Bryant checked in sixth making $34.8 million total, Kevin Garnett was seventh making $32.8 milion total and Dwight Howard 10th making $28.6 million total. So if you count that up, four of the top 10 came from the NBA. Three came from the NFL, and two apiece from golf and baseball.

(One thing to note: The original 50 list doesn't include international athletes. Yao Ming made $35.6 million last year and would've ranked sixth, ahead of Kobe, but he's on a separate international list. Dirk and Pau Gasol both made around $21 million.)

The rest of the NBA list:

11. Dwyane Wade: $28.2 million
16. Amar'e Stoudemire: $24.5 million
21. Carmelo Anthony: $23.1 million
24. Tim Duncan: $22.3 million
27. Vince Carter: $20.5 million

29. Rashard Lewis: $20.3 million
31. Kevin Durant: $20.0 million
34. Michael Redd: $18.5 million
36. Gilbert Arenas: $17.9 million
37. Zach Randolph: $17.7 million

40. Kenyon Martin: $16.8 million
43. Joe Johnson: $16.5 million
45. Elton Brand: $16.5 million
49. Paul Pierce: $15.6 million
50. Chris Bosh: 15.5 million

Posted on: March 22, 2011 6:07 pm
Edited on: March 22, 2011 6:13 pm

Michael Redd set to return Friday after 14 months

Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Redd expects to play on Friday after missing more than a year after undergoing knee surgery. Posted by Ben Golliver.michael-redd

January 10, 2010. That's the last time Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Redd stepped on an NBA court. The Associated Press reports that could change on Friday, as Redd hopes to make his return after a lengthy rehabilitation following knee surgery.
Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Redd participated in practice Tuesday and is planning to play Friday in New York after missing the last 14 months following knee surgery. Redd says he feels great, but will not play in Milwaukee's game on Wednesday night against Sacramento.
Although it feels like forever and a half ago, Redd averaged more than 20 points per game every season from 2003-2004 until 2008-2009, when he injured the same left knee that he injured last season. 

At the peak of his powers, Redd was an excellent outside shooter who possessed the ability to score in a variety of ways. In other words, a legit No. 1 scoring option. The big questions now: after multiple knee surgeries and more than a year away from the game, how much does Redd have left and how quickly can he return to productivity given that there are only a few weeks left in the regular season?

One thing that's not a question: the Bucks are desperate and can use any offensive help they can get. Currently, the Bucks are 29th in the league in offensive efficiency, dead last in raw scoring and just 10 days removed from scoring only 56 (!) points in an entire game against the Boston Celtics. Despite that, Milwaukee is just two games back of the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff chase. As crazy as it might sound, given these circumstances, Redd could possibly be a difference-maker.

Don't get it twisted: I'm not setting a high bar for expectations. It's more than possible that the Bucks might be better off continuing with their current rotations rather than waiting for Redd to work his way into game shape. But it's reasonable to imagine a best-case scenario that sees Redd being a value-added situational spot-up jump shooter and floor-spacer off of Milwaukee's bench. With his contract expiring this season, he's got every motivation to show those around the league that he can still be serviceable in that role.

There is one major positive sign: the AP notes that Redd says he has lost 25 pounds, an amazing number given that he's only 6'6". That loss of weight will certainly make things easier on his knees and should let him get every ounce of mobility that he's got left. 

Given his age, 31, and the circumstances around the injuries, it's no small feat that Redd has made it this far. His return, whether or not it impacts Milwaukee's playoff chances, should be applauded regardless.
Category: NBA
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