There’s a lot of talk about acquiring Michael Redd from the Milwaukee Bucks, and it might be realistic.
The Bucks have a new GM and a new coach, and there seems to be a strong feeling from Milwaukee that Redd will be traded. A rebuilding team does not want $50 million in future contracts gumming up the works.
Redd, a career 20-point scorer, averaged 22.7 points per game last season, his lowest since 2002-03. He and LeBron James have played together on Team USA, and his scoring could be energized playing on the same team as James.
A lineup that includes Delonte West and Redd at guard is pretty appealing.
Redd will make $15.8 million, $17 million and $18.3 million (player option) the next three seasons. The Cavs have Szczerbiak’s $13 million and Damon Jones’ $4.5 million in expiring contracts to work with.
Redd would definitely be a nice piece to run with ‘Bron. At the very least, he’s a guy who can put up 20 or more on any given night. The question is though, is that enough to get the Cavs where they need to be? Probably not. Even if they add Redd, they’re still probably at least two players away from being serious contenders. They’d need a true point guard and a consistent low-post scoring presence before they could legitimately take on the Western powers in a Finals series.