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.
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.
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
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.