Why We Believed in the Michael Redd rumor

Even in deceit, lessons can be learned.

That’s what I’m taking out of the 20 minutes madness earlier today on Twitter when, for those precious 20 minutes, everyone thought Michael Redd may be heading out of town to make room for local boy Devin Harris. The trade (the supposed specifics of it aren’t worth mentioning anymore) turned out to be a hoax perpetrated by someone claiming to be New Jersey Nets reporter Dave D’Alessandro. As frustrating as this type of shenanigan is, it does further paint a picture in Milwaukee.

Any significant transformation of the Bucks roster this season will be coming in the form of a trade. And that trade would probably involve Michael Redd.

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t think it’s very likely that Michael Redd will get traded this off-season. Teams rarely engage in salary dumps after the draft and before their next season. What kind of message is it to send to your fans if you’re organization is giving up on a season that has yet to start?  The most likely scenario, is a team is looking to unload some contracts and free up future cap space by snagging Redd from the Bucks sometime after January next season. That’s how I envision the trade of Redd going down. But even more unlikely than Redd being traded this off season, is the thought that the Bucks will attempt to find another starter in the free agent market.

Despite some information that relied on the ultra unlikely scenario that Michael Redd opts out of his $18.3 million contract in ESPN’s Free Agent Dime, the Bucks won’t be getting a max free agent. If this point needed to be pounded in even further, the Bucks did that today when they picked up Carlos Delfino’s second year option. If the Bucks were interested in freeing up even more space to try and sign a free agent whose value suggests he would earn more than the mid-level exception, dropping Delfino and  his $3.5 million contract would have been the way to go. That would have left Milwaukee with over $6 million to play with this off season before making offers to John Salmons and Luke Ridnour. The Bucks apparently felt Delfino was a better fit at the three for their current roster than anyone else they could have found on the open market.

As things stand now, Milwaukee’s biggest hole in their roster is at the shooting guard position. With Salmons in flux, Michael Redd seemingly on the way out or to the inactive list and not-so-perfect fits in Delfino and Chris Douglas-Roberts, the Bucks would probably be well served to find a way to bring in a two guard if Salmons doesn’t return. But if they’re looking for anyone who is more of a long term piece rather than a stop gap until more cap room opens up in 2011, look for it to be done via trade, rather than as a free agent signing.

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7 Comments

  1. I don’t think there is a Bucks fan out there that would think the Bucks are
    giving up on the season if they traded Redd this off season.

    I also think backup PG is a vital position we need to address, perhaps moreso
    than SG now with CDR in the fold. I am not saying we shouldn’t look at adding
    another SG, I’m saying at least we have a talented starting caliber SG in CDR,
    but we have no one to back up Jennings. No one!

    • My mistake my man, I meant that as in, the other team that traded anything of value would appear to be giving up on the season. For example, if the Sixers traded Iggy and something else of value for a decrepit Michael Redd, it certainly wouldn’t look like anything more than a salary dump and that’s rarely received well by the general population. Bucks definitely need a backup point guard though.

  2. upnorthfan,

    If the Bucks resign Luke Ridnour, backup PG problem solved.

    I don’t see how they can afford to bring both Salmons and Ridnour back after signing Drew Gooden. I’d honestly rather have Ridnour than Salmons at this point now. Salmons doesn’t seem to turn it on until after switching teams, and I think the team that overpays him will soon regret it.

    Also, anyone who has lived in Milwaukee or been a Bucks fan long enough (I’ve never been to Wisconsin, but I’ve been a die-hard fan for years) has long since accepted that this team improves only through the draft, trades and free agents that other teams aren’t exactly lusting for. The biggest FA signing of the past 10 years? Bobby Simmons…

  3. When was the last time the Bucks spend this kind of money in the off season?

    The Bucks are said to be closing in on a five-year, $39 million deal for swing man John Salmons.

    Salmons opted out and it looked like the Bucks were going to lose him, which is also one of the reasons they immediately went after Corey Maggette. Now it looks like Salmons is going to return to Milwaukee, which could create a fantasy buzzkill with the two potentially locked in a timeshare, although Salmons could play shooting guard and Maggette small forward. Jul. 1 – 1:34 pm et
    Source: David Aldridge on Twitter

    The Bucks have agreed to a five-year, $32 million deal with free agent power forward Drew Gooden.

    He’ll join Andrew Bogut on the Bucks front line, where Corey Maggette could join them in the starting lineup. Gooden was solid for the Clippers last year and should be productive for the Bucks if he gets his 30 minutes per game. And we see no reason why he won’t.

  4. I think the bucks need to get rid of Michael Redd as soon as possible. He had proved to everyone in milwaukee that he is always going to be injury prone. Why are we paying somebody that never plays? We should trade him asap anybody is better than Redd because theyll actually contribute something to the team.