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Redd Man Walking??
That’s the question Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Redd should ponder. He sat the entire second half of Monday’s game at Charlotte for a lack of effort. His response was that he’ll work harder to regain his rhythm.
Redd is still trying to adjust after recovering from a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee. He suffered the injury January 25 of this year.
One thing is certain: Redd’s days as a Milwaukee Buck are numbered. His level of play and his big salary says so.
Being a career 20.5 point scorer before this season gave Redd a reason to believe he can bounce back.
The Bucks are ready to turn the team and leadership — if they haven’t already — over to rookie sensation Brandon Jennings.
Milwaukee can’t get rid of Redd if they wanted to. They have a history of overpaying their players who don’t play up to their capabilities. And Redd is no exception.
Redd signed his six-year, $90 million dollar contract extension with Milwaukee back in 2005. He was a second-round draft pick of the Bucks in 2000.
As is stands, Redd is earning – or stealing – $17 million this season. He has a player option after the 2009-10 season. Of course he won’t walk away from $18.3 million. And no other team will take on that huge salary.
There’s really not much left in Redd’s tank because he’s 30 years old with knee problems. The 2004 NBA All-Star could’ve left the Bucks for Cleveland and played for less money in 2005, but Redd’s no fool.
Now the team is stuck with an overpaid, medical liability. Even if Redd’s benched for the rest of the season, all that guaranteed money will be in the bank, and he can sit on the bench in designer suits.
For now, Redd is saying all the right things publically. If this goes on, he’ll air his grievances to the media and probably get fined for it. $25,000 is like chump change to him.
So if I was Redd, I’d be chilling on the bench and laughing all the way to the bank.