Michael Redd is among those players who remain on the free agent list after the season has started. Once a starlet scorer for the Milwaukee Bucks, Redd sits on the outside, looking to get one more shot at age 32. That the Memphis Grizzlies should sign Redd has been suggested to this author. While the thought of Redd conjures sweet memories, signing Redd would be no good for the Grizzlies.
Redd has received some feelers from a couple of NBA teams. Within the last couple of weeks, the Indiana Pacers took a look at Redd, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Also, Yahoo Sports reported that the New York Knicks looked to sign Redd. Still, no team has put ink to paper with Redd.
Meanwhile, the Grizzlies have remained fairly stable at guard since last season. The Grizzlies drafted Josh Selby late in the second round and signed Jeremy Pargo. Jason Williams retired at the end of last season, but he wasn't a huge factor in their playoff run. The guard rotation of Mike Conley and Tony Allen in the lineup, with O.J. Mayo receiving most of the backup minutes, remains basically the same.
Other than Pargo, the Grizzlies didn't look interested in signing any guards. No apparent connection emerged linking the Grizzlies with Redd.
That's entirely sensible. The Grizzlies have strong chemistry and seemed to stand pat heading into this season. Redd wouldn't have been good for chemistry. In his prime, Redd demanded his shots, taking 18 to 19 field goals per game in his three highest scoring seasons.
A team based on selflessness like the Grizzlies doesn't need such a high-maintenance player as Redd.
Besides, the Grizzlies likely wouldn't have paid Redd. Having spent about $50.5 million for the 2010-11 season just on Conley, Rudy Gay, Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, the Grizzlies had little left for other free agents. The Grizzlies didn't seem inclined to use the mid-level exception on Shane Battier, who Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley considered "expensive."
If Battier wasn't worth the money for the Grizzlies, which may be trying to stay under the luxury tax threshold, then the Grizzlies wouldn't go for Redd.
Anyway, Redd probably doesn't have much left to give. He suffered MCL and ACL tears in the last two years, leaving him at a loss when it comes to hanging with fresher and younger guards.
Redd had several terrific years. He scored 20 or more points per game six straight years. He's fourth in Bucks history in career points.
Nevertheless, Redd's glory years are behind him. Hopefully for Redd, he'll find a landing spot with the NBA team this season. The seemingly cemented Grizzlies won't be the place for Redd.