The Phoenix Suns are in deep trouble and finding a spark is a must right now.
The Tuesday workout was an attempt for the Suns to get an up-close look at how Redd’s knee is holding up after missing virtually all of the last two seasons with bad knees. He has played in a grand total of 61 games in the past three seasons and it remains to be seen if the 32-year-old has any gas left in the tank.
He tore his ACL and MCL in his left knee in January of 2009 and suffered the same exact injury in 2010. In limited action before the injury, his defense was highly suspect, something the Suns are all too familiar with.
But let’s not forget how strong of an offensive player Redd was before the string of injuries. He averaged 20 points or more in six straight seasons and has a 38-percent career shooting percentage from behind the arc.
No team could use the fee agent more than the Suns, which sport a grand total of one shooting guard on the roster in Josh Childress. They have four point guards and start Steve Nash with two forwards and two centers in their starting lineup. That’s not going to work. Nash needs a shooter to kick it to on the perimeter and needs a teammate that can run with him on the fast break.
Paul Goro of AZ Central makes the excellent point that the Suns have one of the best medical staffs in professional sports. They have helped resurrect the careers of Antonio McDyess, Shaquille O’Neal and Grant Hill.
Considering he will come at a bargain bin veteran’s minimum price, and the Suns currently have the look of the worst team in the Western Conference…might as well give Redd a shot.
Steve Nash needs all the help he can get.