NBA Free Agency 2011: Could SG Michael Redd Fit for the Minnesota Timberwolves?

Camden PaschAnalyst IIJune 10, 2011

The Minnesota Timberwolves currently only have one player over the age of 26, and that's point guard Luke Ridnour, who is 30 years old. With all of the talent and potential the Timberwolves possess, they lack for in age and leadership qualities.

The most prolific players on the team, Kevin Love and Michael Beasley, are both only 22 years old, and adding a veteran to the team is a definite need.

Not to mention Minnesota's recent addition, Ricky Rubio, is only 20 years old and will be a rookie in the NBA next season.

Adding a shooting guard to the backcourt to provide leadership, decent defense and efficient shooting would be ideal.

Would Michael Redd be a good candidate for the Timberwolves to take a look at?

He's 31 years old and coming off of three injury-plagued seasons, but he is still a veteran and a sharp-shooter.

His previous annual salary of $18.3 million is not what he'll receive as a free agent next year, but somewhere in the range of $4 million per year seems appropriate for this low-risk, medium-reward player. If Minnesota could get away with a three-year, $12 million deal, they could end up walking away from this offseason with a high-quality person and player in Redd.

Redd has never shot lower than 44 percent in a season in which he's been healthy and it's unlikely that he will for the rest of his professional career. He may not have the quickness off the first step that he once had, but his ability to shoot the basketball is still likely to be there.

A player like Redd brings that special element to a team where he acts as a coach in the mold of a player, much like fellow veteran guards Chauncey Billups and Kobe Bryant.

Is he a fit for the Timberwolves, though?

Redd didn't play much defense when he was younger and healthier, and with injuries possibly holding him back now, he might not ever play defense well. While adding Redd's veteran presence and shooting ability to the lineup would be a nice thought, his defense would only hurt the team more than help, and the Wolves need to improve on that area rather than decline.

The Timberwolves would be better off searching for a healthier option that plays defense like restricted free-agent shooting guard Arron Afflalo or a wild card like J.R. Smith.

Minnesota's front office will be making moves this offseason, but adding Michael Redd to be the starting shooting guard for the team shouldn't be on their priority list.