Fortunately, both parties realized this and according to Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic, the former All-Star is likely to sign with the Suns this week.
It’s surprising it took this long for each side to realize how mutually beneficial this move is going to be.
Just look at the positives.
Will Redd Pan Out in Phoenix?
The Suns have a dire need for a pure shooting guard like Redd has the potential to be. He was an All-NBA player back in 2004, contributed to the gold medal winning “Redeem Team” at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and was a 20-plus points per game scorer as recently as 2008-2009.
Unfortunately, that is the year that injuries started to hinder his career and the former Milwaukee Buck has only seen action in 61 games over the past three seasons.
Redd’s worst performance came last year on the heels of a second torn ACL and MCL in his left knee. He averaged just 4.4 points and shot a paltry 23.5 percent from downtown while looking slower than ever.
The Suns are going to take a chance on him and hope that their training staff can work some of the same miracles they are renown across the league for.
This is a group that has Grant Hill playing at a high-level after everyone gave up on his career and even made Shaquille O’Neal a productive and healthy member of the roster during his time in the desert.
Suns’ trainers have also kept Steve Nash on the floor and he is consistently one of the best point guards in the league, even at the ripe age of 37.
If they can get Redd playing at even 50 percent of where he was before the injuries, he will still be a productive member of the team. His deadly range and accuracy are an asset to any team, especially one with a set-up man as incredible as Nash is.
There are hardly any drawbacks to this signing, as he will come cheap and can be buried on the bench if things don’t pan out.
The Suns aren’t contending for a championship this season, but Redd could be a major contributor in the future if he can get healthy in Phoenix.