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After a series of injuries, it seemed that Michael Redd's once promising career would be on the fast decline.
He left Milwaukee for the Phoenix Suns and there wasn't much expected for an older player coming off of several knee injuries. However, Redd did exceed some expectations when he showed shades of his former self and managed to average a decent 8.2 points per game in a role-playing spot on the Suns' bench.
Though he most likely will never be close to the 20-plus points per game player he was just a few years ago, Redd could still be a valuable shooter to have in Los Angeles.
Coming off the bench behind Kobe, Redd would be able to contribute to the second-unit offense by being a spot-up shooter and helping to space the floor as well.
Another appealing aspect to this deal would be that Redd would probably not ask for anything more than the veteran's minimum, meaning the Lakers could get a good deal on a good player.
Overall, Redd could be a smart option for the Lakers, even in the later stages of his career.