Michael Redd is expected to play in his last game with the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday at Oklahoma City, but that doesn't mean it will be the last game of his NBA career.
Hampered by left knee injuries that caused him to much large parts of the past three seasons, Redd, who came back to the team last month from his most recent injury, still thinks he can play the game. Now he just needs a new team to give him an opportunity.
"Absolutely," Redd told reporters. "For me right now, these last eight, nine games for me were like a training camp-type experience. I never really had a rhythm, just tried to build on limited minutes. We wanted to ease my body back into it. But having another offseason training, getting stronger, then having a training camp -- which is so important, you need a training camp and a preseason. So I'll be involved in that next year, wherever I'm at."
The Bucks are not expected to offer Redd a new contract. His current deal, a six-year, $91 million pact he signed in 2005, ends at the end of this season.
"It's been a glorious 11 years," Redd said. "I wouldn't trade anything. Just had a tremendous journey over these 11 years. They've seen me group up, because I've been here since I was 20 years old. It's been an amazing journey, some ups, some downs. But through it all, the fans have been great, the organization has been great to my family and it's pretty awesome."
Redd tore knee ligaments in January 2009 and again almost exactly one year later in 2010. He's played just 60 games since the start of the 2008-09 season. He was a second-round draft pick by Milwaukee in 2000.
"He looks 100 percent to me," Bucks coach Scott Skiles said. "That alone is an accomplishment, for him to be able to come back. In the practice times that we've had, the shootaround times that we've had, he looks good. He has energy and looks 100 percent. If you came and watched us or watched a game and had never seen us play before, you couldn't pick out the guy who'd been out all that time."
BUCKS 93, RAPTORS 86: Drew Gooden scored back-to-back baskets in the final two minutes of the game to help the Bucks stave off the shorthanded Raptors on Monday night at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. Gooden finished with 19 points and 11 points. John Salmons had a team-high 24 points for the Bucks. The Raptors, who have a rash of injuries, had only eight players available for the game.
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