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.