Michael Redd returns to Bucks next Monday

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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.

LeBron says “get it done” message was for both Cavaliers, Thompson

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Everything LeBron James does and says gets magnified and scrutinized.

So when he put out this photo on Instagram standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Tristan Thompson and the caption “get it done” it seemed a message to the Cavaliers.

Get it done!!!! Straight up. #MissMyBrother @realtristan13

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LeBron clarified that on Sunday, saying this has become a distraction, and the message was for both sides to bend, as reported by Dave McMenamin of ESPN and Chris Haynes of the Plain Dealer.

When Thompson didn’t sign the qualifying offer he surrendered a lot of leverage, the Cavaliers don’t have to raise their five-year, $80 million offer — but reportedly they still would, a little. Thompson and his agent Rich Paul have pushed for a max contract, but that’s not happening.

At some point, the two sides will come to an agreement. For the Cavaliers, this is a distraction, their star is unhappy with that, and ultimately if they are going to make a title run they need the energy and rebounding Thompson brings (even if it is just off the bench). For Thompson, he can’t make up a year of lost salary, he has to come in and start getting paid at some point.

The two sides will get it done. Eventually. Likely before the season tips off.

China basketball qualifies for 2016 Olympics

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China has secured the ninth and final Olympic men’s basketball berth awarded this year.

China earned the bid to the 2016 Rio Games with a 78-67 win over the Philippines. 2016 first-round draft prospect Qi Zhou had 16 points and 14 rebounds, setting up the Olympics to be his big introduction to American fans.

Former NBA player Yi Jianlian won tournament MVP by averaging 16.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.2 blocks per game.

This will be China’s ninth straight Olympic appearance.

The Philippines, who got 17 points from Andray Blatche in the final, will still go to an Olympic Qualifying Tournament next summer with a chance to reach Rio.