It doesn't seem that long ago that Michael Redd spurned the Cavaliers to resign with the Bucks. It was at a point where I said to myself "Thank god, the Cavs didn't get Redd, he'd be a great fit with LeBron".
The Cavs got Larry Hughes, and when you Hughes, you lose.
However, things wouldn't have gone much better with Redd who then spent most of the time after that with stints on the injured list due to a series of major knee problems and surgeries. Not only that, but the allure of his shooting has dropped off some as well. We now have to go back into the way back machine, back to the 2002-3 season to find one where Redd managed to knock down 40% or more of his threes.
All signs point to Michael Redd being done as a player. He no longer has the upside or athleticism of his youth, his knees are shot, and he's struggled shooting the ball for the past three seasons. However, these are also the reasons Michael Redd is likely available for the veteran minimum.
I think Redd would fit in well with the locker room, despite all the knee injuries, despite Milwaukee's dim playoff hopes, he kept fighting to get back on the court. He kept fighting to attempt to contribute. It eventually became a problem in Milwaukee, because they no longer wanted him around. A tough blow to take for a guy who was once the franchise player.
However, I think Redd is willing to work as a role player for our Chicago Bulls. I don't know that his knees will hold up, in fact, there's little reason to suspect that they can. There's also little reason to hope for much defensive effort out of Redd who wasn't a particularly good defender when in his athletic prime and three or four knee injuries probably haven't enhanced his lateral quickness any.
Still, the Bulls need shooting. There's a good chance Redd can provide it, and the price is right.
One problem with bringing him in is the crunch at SG for minutes. You can't add five role players to complete for the minutes at one position and hope that it works out. It's a breeding ground for hurt feelings and bad locker room chemistry for the couple guys who it won't work out for. It might be worse for Redd who's likely deserving of a starting spot if healthy, but you can't count on his health.
As such, you need to bring in a quality vet with Redd, and if he loses to that Vet than Korver is still likely the spot up shooter while Brewer is likely the defender, and Redd isn't getting any backup PG minutes.
I said Redd is willing to be a role player, but is he willing to be the 12th guy? That I'm not so sure of.
Still, if he wants to come, I want to take the chance, if it doesn't work out, attitude problems can always be waived.