Michael Redd

There’s a good chance you won’t recognize the jumpshooter in the above photo, in spite of the fact that he’s making $18.3 million this season. It’s Michael Redd, and his 15-minute appearance in the Bucks’ one-point loss to the Bobcats on Monday was his first exposure to actual NBA gametime since January 10, 2010. He went 0-for-3 with zero points and four assists.

Redd was a member of the Team USA “Redeem Team”, he’s a former All-Star (in 2004) and he has career averages of 20.2 points per game and a .384 three-point percentage. But because of his injury concerns — he’s recovering from torn ACL and MCL ligaments in his left knee — there’s probably no chance he’ll be re-signed by the Bucks after this season.

Considering that the Raptors are the worst three-point shooting team in the NBA, I’m going to be keeping an eye on him for the rest of the season. I have no idea what kind of salary he’s going to ask for, but if he has a T-Mac type of renaissance on a team other than the Raptors next season, I’m going to be more than a little pissed that whoever is running this team missed out on that opportunity.

As for tonight’s game, the Bucks are three games behind eighth-place Indiana with nine games to go. It’s safe to say they consider this to be “must-win” if they actually want to make the playoffs this season.

Injury report

Toronto: Andrea Bargnani and Reggie Evans will be game-time decisions.

Milwaukee: Chris Douglas-Roberts and Ersan Ilyasova are both out for the rest of the season.

Five questions

1. Do you think I’m crazy to suggest that the Raptors should take a look at signing Redd in the off-season?

2. Do you agree with me that the Bucks might be a team that would have interest in trading for Andrea Bargnani because of their anemic offense and Andrew Bogut’s ability to cover up Bargnani’s defensive and rebounding weaknesses?

3. Would Bargnani make it through a season with the Bucks without being assaulted if Scott Skiles was still their coach?

4. Has Ed Davis’ recent strong play made Amir Johnson expendable?

5. Would any of you want the Raptors to go back in time and draft Brandon Jennings instead of DeMar DeRozan considering how their sophomore seasons have gone?

Start time: 7:00 PM ET
Channel: TSN2
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, James Johnson, Ed Davis, Amir Johnson
Milwaukee: Brandon Jennings, John Salmons, Carlos Delfino, Luc Mbah a Moute, Andrew Bogut

Tonight’s pregame song is “Blister in the Sun” by The Violent Femmes, performed live on Spanish television in 1983. Did you know they were from Milwaukee? In terms of surprising geographical origins for musicians, that has to be right up there with the time I learned that Prince was from Minnesota.

Comments (3)

  1. 1. Yes, you’re crazy. Hasn’t Redd had two back-to-back serious knee injuries, and isn’t he 31? Scoring isn’t this team’s problem anyway. What would you pay a guy like that? How does he fit into this team? He’s not going to start and we can find some other bench 3-point threat somewhere else. Redd was a deadly scorer at one time but a guy at his age and with his knee injuries isn’t worth much of a gamble, IMO.

    2 is answered by 3. Scott Skiles would kill Andrea with a death glare. And if Bogut isn’t coming back in a deal for Andrea, who is?

    4. They are definitely similar players but I like them both, and Amir’s contract should only look better. Is it crazy to think Davis could put on some muscle/weight and play the 5? I still think the best comparison for him is young Jermaine O’Neal. He wouldn’t be able to guard the biggest 5s like Dwight but there aren’t many of those anyway.

    5) No. Last year, probably, but I don’t know what happened to Jennings this year. I’d like another year of DeRozan to better gauge his upside.

  2. I wouldn’t be against offering Redd the veteran’s minimum, whatever that may be, to be just a 3 point shooter. He’s definitely really good at that.
    Didn’t the Bucks balk at offering Charlie Villanueva big money, and isn’t he basically Andrea redux?

  3. I wouldn’t mind taking a flier on Redd. He’d never been a player who relied heavily on his athleticism and if he can get his knee as healthy as possible, I can easily see him becoming an above average three point shooter again.

    As for being the worst three point shooting team in the league, let’s face it, that’s another overlooked result of Bosh’s departure. There’s no one on this team that opposing defenses plan for or take huge defensive gambles to stop or contain so the same number of open looks just aren’t there this season.

    It’s good to see Bargnani as a game time decision, hopefully he’s shut down and we can lose out while teams like the Kings, Cavaliers, Wizards and Timberwolves creep closer.

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