He may not be the same guy he was, but it’s not like he can make the Bucks offense worse.
Michael Redd — once one of the most feared shooters in the NBA but out most of the last three seasons — will return to the Milwaukee Bucks next Monday.
He will start doing work on the court, then do more basketball related activities as he works his way back to playing, according to the Journal Sentinel.
“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.
This not only changes the Kings dreams of making the playoffs in the West, it also alters the trade deadline and free agency.
Rudy Gay, the Kings wing and second-leading scorer, has been diagnosed with a torn left Achilles tendon, according to the team. During the third quarter of Wednesday night’s game against the Pacers, Gay drove out of the right corner and, untouched, fell to the floor hard. He had to be helped off the court by teammates.
Team doctors made the initial torn Achilles diagnosis, which will need to be confirmed by an MRI scheduled for Thursday. He would be out not only for this season but likely the start of the next one as well.
Without Gay, a lot more will fall on Matt Barnes and, once he returns from his calf injury in a couple of weeks, Omri Casspi. Those two are a drop off from what Gay brought to the Kings, and with that team’s playoff chances have taken a hit (they are 1.5 games out of the eight seed after Wednesday’s loss to the Pacers). Don’t be surprised if the Kings look to add a scorer at the trade deadline.
Gay was not happy in Sacramento and said he planned to opt out of the $14.3 million final year of his contract to be a free agent next summer, which made him someone potentially traded before the deadline (although the Kings being in the playoff hunt impacted that). Gay averaged 18.7 points and 6.4 rebounds a game for the Kings, and while his game was a little old school — more isolation and midrange shots than teams prefer — he put up points. Enough that he was drawing trade interest heading toward the deadline from Oklahoma City and other squads.
That is all off the table now. At age 30, if Gay does still opt out of his contract for next season this will impact what he would make on the free market.
Kevin Durant playing the Thunder invites extra emotions.
Russell Westbrook felt them – in the form of a flagrant foul by Warriors center Zaza Pachulia, who stood over Westbrook for emphasis.
Pachulia is really embracing his role doing the dirty work for star-studded Golden State.
That rumor No. 1 pick Ben Simmons won’t play this season?
It just won’t die.
Even after Simmons tried to quash it, even after the 76ers’ CEO outright denied it, even after Simmons returned to practice, even in an otherwise optimistic report.
Chris Haynes of ESPN:
76ers rookie forward Ben Simmons could make his much-anticipated NBA debut shortly after the All-Star break, league sources told ESPN.
Barring a setback in his recovery, sources say the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft has a chance to take the hardwood near March. There still remains the possibility Simmons sits the entire season, sources said, but his situation will continue to be thoroughly evaluated throughout his comeback quest.
76ers coach Brett Brown said there’s “no chance” Simmons plays in Philadelphia’s nationally televised game against the Rockets next week. Other than that, there isn’t much clarity.
It mostly sounds as if Simmons is still too far from returning to say something definitive.
The Hornets did so much right in their 107-85 win over the Trail Blazers, even a bad pass went through the hoop.
Roy Hibbert reacted fantastically to blunder/basket (blasket?).