“Just as he did last off-season, he’s worked so very hard to get himself in a position he can hopefully return,” (Bucks general manager John Hammond said). “When he arrives in Milwaukee, he’ll go through the next step in the process. He will continue to do his rehab.
“He will be on the floor with some individual work. From that point, then how soon can he progress to doing more basketball-related movements. And from that point, how soon can he progress to having an opportunity to actually practice. I would say he will go from 1-on-1 live to 2-on-2 live to 3-on-3 live and actually have a chance to go 5-on-5 live. And then progress to being on the floor with our team in a live practice situation.”
Redd was one of the better scorers in the game when he signed a six-year, $91 million deal. He is in the last year of that and making $18.3 million this season. In January 2009 tore the ACL and MCL in the left knee. He worked his way all the way back to the Bucks, played 18 games last season then tore the same two ligaments in the same knee last January. He has played 44 games total over the last three seasons (
Last season the Bucks offense got along just fine without Redd. This season injuries and new players not totally meshing — plus Andrew Bogut’s jumper having gone missing — have combined to make the Bucks as bad an offense as there is in the NBA. Redd may not be the player he was then, but he can’t hurt this offense anymore, either.
Kyrie Irving: ‘I see you. I see everyone. More than just your physical presence, I see your energy. I feel it. I know it’
“I see you,” he said. “I see everyone. More than just your physical presence, I see your energy. I feel it. I know it.”
“I think that the most important thing that I strive to live by is extremely by truth and by consistently giving others the truth, without any judgement, without constraints, without anything extra except the understanding that I see you,” he said. “I have family members who come from knowing energy, and it was passed along to me.”
Rose has been out with what seemed like a relative minor, for him at least, ankle injury. The 29-year-old could stick in the league for a while thanks to his reputation and ability to attack the rim to create shots for himself. But the guard is a shell of peak form after years of more serious injuries. This isn’t the career anyone expected for him when he was named the youngest MVP ever in 2011.
The Suns made Mike James – a 27-year-old rookie on a two-way contract – their starting point guard.
Though he eventually ceded the role to Tyler Ulis, James – the only player on a two-way contract to start an NBA game – is still a rotation regular. He’s an aggressive defender and possesses plenty of offensive moves.
The problem: Unless demoted to Phoenix’s minor-league affiliate before then, he’ll max out the 45 allowable NBA days for a two-way player Dec. 6.
We’d still like to get him on the 15-man roster and we’re looking at different ways to do that.
The Suns can unilaterally convert James’ two-contract into a standard one-year minimum deal. Both sides could also negotiate a longer contract.
The bigger issue is clearing a roster spot.
Phoenix has the maximum 15 players with standard contracts with no obvious cuts. Derrick Jones Jr. doesn’t play much, but the 20-year-old’s athleticism creates intriguing upside. Second-rounder Davon Reed is hurt, though teams rarely cut bait so quickly.