Free agent profile: Michael Redd
This is the 24th post in a series of free-agent profiles that analyzes a particular player and how he might fit in with the Lakers.
Milwaukee Bucks shooting guard Michael Redd
Type of free agent: Unrestricted
Positives: Redd has proven to be a solid three-point shooter with a career 38.3% mark. Redd may not provide much on defense and athleticism, but his arrival would fill an immediate need in the Lakers' backcourt, which would then make it easier for Kobe Bryant to find open looks and for the likes of Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum to receive better post touches. Because he's 32 and coming off three seasons where he's been plagued by injuries, the market value could be pretty low.
Since the Lakers are strapped financially because of an uncertain collective bargaining agreement and long-term contracts on their core players, finding an effective shooter at a cheap rate would be a realistic option in bolstering the team's lineup.
Negatives: As mentioned with his previous injury history, Redd has played in only 61 games over the last three seasons, and his shooting has dipped ever since his return to the court. Redd averaged at least 21 points per game from the 2003-2008 before tearing the ACL and MCL in his left knee in January 2009. Nine months later, Redd returned only to reinjure both ligaments less than a year after the original injury and remained sidelined for 14 months. In the Bucks' final 10 games, Redd averaged only 4.4 points on 40% shooting and 23.5% from three-point range. It's unlikely Redd can ever restore his pre-injury shooting levels, and that's assuming he stays healthy.
Verdict: This would be a good move depending on what Redd is actually looking for in free agency. There are plenty of contending teams, including the Celtics, who are looking for a quality three-point shooter at a basement busting price. But because the market for quality shooters remain high, Redd could find himself with long-term and pricey offers. The Lakers can't afford to get in that race, but they're able to sign Redd at a discounted sale, then he's definitely worth it.
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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant drives around Bucks guard Michael Redd in the first half of a regular-season game in 2008. Credit: Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times / December 7, 2008