Michael Redd will undergo knee surgery Tuesday to repair the torn ligaments in his left knee, an injury suffered Jan. 10 against the Lakers.
This will be the second surgery on the knee to repair the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments. The first procedure was performed on March 3, 2009, almost a year prior to the same operation Redd faces tomorrow.
Unlike last season, the Bucks went out and found a replacement for the 30-year-old shooting guard. John Salmons was acquired from the Bulls at the trade deadline. Salmons has been the catalyst for the team's recent success, vaulting them to the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference, only a game-and-a-half out of the fifth seed.
Redd was slowed earlier this season, coming back from the injury as well as a patella tendon strain that caused him to miss an additional 16 games prior to the season-ending injury.
Never fitting in with rookie point guard, Brandon Jennings, Redd only averaged 11.9 points a game when he was healthy this year. He was a very likely candidate to be traded before the trade deadline this year had he not hurt his knee again.
Next year, Redd will enter the final year of his six-year, $91 million deal he signed in the summer of 2005. It would appear almost impossible for him to ever start for the Bucks again with the success of Salmons, and the lack of success he had playing with Jennings.
If he can come back from this second surgery, he'll likely see a role coming off the bench. The days of him playing big minutes and being a 20-plus point-a-game scorer are over. It's just too hard for a player to come back from two severe injuries on the same leg.
No one can ever say a bad word about Michael Redd off the court. He has done great things for the city of Milwaukee and their youth. He is a model citizen in a sporting world that is becoming increasingly filled with thugs.
Unfortunately, that counts for very little when you make a huge salary and are unable to stay healthy.