NBA Free Agency: Why Chicago Bulls Should Target Michael Redd

Michael GibbonsCorrespondent IIOctober 31, 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 Chicago Bulls lack a starting quality shooting guard, and I think Michael Redd might be the answer.

Last season, Keith Bogans started all 82 regular season games as well as the 15 playoffs games with Ronnie Brewer and Kyle Korver splitting time backing him up. Shooting guard was the biggest weakness for the team with the best record in the league last season.

Whenever this lockout ends, it is expected that general manager Gar Forman is expected to target an upgrade at the shooting guard spot. While many names have been mentioned including OJ Mayo, Nick Young, Marcus Thornton and Rip Hamilton, many are ignoring Redd.

Redd, 32, is a 6'6" shooting guard who has averaged 20 points per game while shooting just under 45 percent from the field including shooting over 38 percent from the three-point line. He was a second-round pick out by Ohio State in 2000 by the Milwaukee Bucks. He was named to the 2004 NBA All-Star team and helped Team USA win the gold during the 2008 Olympics as part of the "Redeem" team.

Sounds like a perfect fit right?

Well, with all those good things, there are some negatives as well.

Over the last three seasons, Redd has only appeared in 61 games. In January of 2009, he tore his MCL and ACL in his left knee. A year later, he re-tore both ligaments and didn't return to the court till March of 2011.

Redd will be an unrestricted free agent after completing a six-year, $91 million deal he signed with the Bucks during the summer of 2005.

With the Bulls deep roster, it might be an ideal landing spot for Redd. He will not be asked to play heavy minutes with Keith Bogans and Ronnie Brewer available to back him up. Also with Kyle Korver and Redd's shooting, it would help space the floor for Derrick Rose to drive and then kick it out to whoever is open.

Another bonus is at this point of his career and given his injury history, he might be willing to sign for much less than Rip Hamilton or Jason Richardson.

A starting five of Rose, Redd, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah would rival any in the league and might be enough to push the Bulls past the Miami Heat.

This is all dependent on if Redd is in fact healthy, and being that he will be about two years removed from injury, chances could be good that he is. Given that no one has any idea what the salary-cap situation will be once this lockout ends, it might be very smart for the Bulls to go for the low-risk, high-reward signings.