Michael Redd: What Former All-Star Guard Brings to the Table for Phoenix Suns

Matt ShetlerCorrespondent IDecember 29, 2011

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 19: Michael Redd #22 of the Milwaukee Bucks drives to the basket against Nate Robinson #4 of the New York Knicks on December 19, 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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The NBA season may have begun, but that won't stop teams from taking a look at the remaining free agents available.

One of the more intriguing names out there was former All-Star Michael Redd, and despite several teams taking a look at him during the offseason, Redd finally found a home today when he came to terms on a one-year deal with the Phoenix Suns.

Redd averaged 20 points per game in 11 seasons in Milwaukee and throughout his career has been a proven scorer. But a pair of injuries to his left knee has limited Redd to only 61 games played since the 2008-09 season.

It makes you wonder why Redd was still available with so many teams needing shooting, but Phoenix is banking on the fact that he can still put the ball in the basket.

It's worth the gamble for the Suns. If any team could use some extra scoring punch, it's Phoenix, who has managed to score only 83.5 points per game in their first two games, both losses.

The best-case scenario is that Redd still has it and can give the Suns some decent minutes. He likely will come off the bench, but the Suns really need some bench scoring as well.

The signing is a low-risk, high-reward type of deal that's good for the Suns. If Redd pans out, he can provide exactly what Phoenix needs. If not, it's a one-year deal that won't cost the Suns much money and they won't owe Redd any money beyond this season

The Suns will be getting a highly motivated guard that is playing for further NBA opportunities. This is one signing that could work out well for the Suns.