NBA Free Agency 2012: Why the Boston Celtics Need to Gamble on Michael Redd

Nikhil BaradwajSenior Analyst IJuly 16, 2012

PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 27:  Michael Redd #22 of the Phoenix Suns handles the ball during the NBA game against the San Antonio Spurs at US Airways Center on March 27, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Spurs defeated the Suns 107-100. 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 Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Boston Celtics have made their stanc clear throughout the offseason: the time to win is now.

This team is not getting any younger and management needs to make the necessary moves to keep them into the title mix.

While it is being widely reported that Darko Milicic is on their radar, Boston is foolish to pursue this option (via ESPNBoston).

Five NBA teams have tried to harness his supposedly "enormous" potential and all five have failed. Milicic will likely amount to a player that rarely sees any action, especially with his limited offensive output.

Boston's major loss during the offseason was Ray Allen, not only because of his veteran presence but also his outstanding sharpshooting abilities.

Allen is a superb spot-up shooter and would have been a great player on Boston's already deep second unit.

While Jason Terry might be a better overall player than Allen, he does not have the range which Ray possesses.

With this need in mind, Michael Redd might be the best option.

But, man how far he has fallen.

Redd was selected to the 2008 Olympic Men's Team and at that time was considered to be possibly the best shooter in the world.

However, he tore his ACL and MCL in the upcoming season, then re-tore both ligaments in the season after that. Talk about really bad luck.

Even with this injury history, Redd is still worth the gamble because he still is a solid shooter from beyond the arc, something that Boston so desperately needs.

Hopefully his knees will not act up, considering that he will not play major minutes off the bench. If Redd can simply play 15 or 20 minutes a game, stay healthy and averaging eight-plus points per game, Boston would be getting a steal.

Even with these concerns, there even is the off-chance that Redd is able to re-gain some of his old magic, giving Boston two options off the bench at the 2 (Terry and Redd).

Boston has reason to worry that Redd will not be able to play a full season. Even so, the Celtics need to take a gamble if they want to catch the newly-improved Miami Heat, who were able to add both Allen and Rashard Lewis.

Without taking this risk, Boston might find themselves in the same place next season: watching the Finals on television.