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alex in chicago: Who are the bulls going to get this offseason at Sg Alex Kennedy: The Bulls are working the phones and monitoring what's happening in Philadelphia and Golden State. It doesn't hurt their odds that both Monta Ellis and Andre Iguodala would welcome a trade to Chicago with open arms. Right now, everyone wants to play alongside Derrick Rose and join the Bulls as they become a perennial contender. That will also help Chicago if they can't land a shooting guard in a trade. They'll have no problem attracting free agents this summer. Their options include J.R. Smith, Arron Afflalo, Jason Richardson, C.J. Miles, Shannon Brown, Anthony Parker, Nick Young, DeShawn Stevenson and Michael Redd. They'll have the full mid-level exception to spend and they'll definitely be throwing money at a shooting guard. HoopsWorld

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Despite two separate injuries to his left knee that have allowed him to play only sporadically off the bench since he returned late last month, Redd says he "absolutely" still believes he can be a regular contributor in the NBA. Redd is in the final season of a six-year, $91 million deal he signed in 2005. The Bucks aren't expected to re-sign him, so Wednesday night's season finale at Oklahoma City probably will be his last game in a Bucks uniform after 11 seasons. ESPN.com

It's quite possible he could end up as a key player off the bench with a contending team, playing a new role in the final years of his career. "I'm just blessed to hear that," Redd said. "Michael Redd's career is not over yet. I've just got to continue to work hard in the off-season and continue to build my body up. "Not too many players can say they finished their whole career in one city. That's part of my heart. You never know what happens in free agency, but being here my whole career, it's all I know. We'll see what happens." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

April 11, 2011 Updates

After a 14-month recovery period, Redd returned to the Bucks lineup against Charlotte on March 28 and has played in the last eight games. "I've seen it all, man," Redd said in an interview Monday morning. "Eleven years in the city. Obviously there was a love affair with the fans and myself. They've seen me grow up. They've seen me get married and seen me have kids. "I've seen the playoff runs. It's very rare that a second-round pick sticks this long with an organization. I don't know if it's ever happened before." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Redd is not likely to be back with the Bucks. He will be an unrestricted free agent during the summer, providing players and owners can reach a new collective bargaining agreement. It's quite possible he could end up as a key player off the bench with a contending team, playing a new role. "I'm just blessed to hear that," Redd said. "Michael Redd's career is not over yet. I've just got to continue to work hard in the off-season and continue to build my body up. "Not too many players can say they finished their whole career in one city. That's part of my heart. You never know what happens in free agency. But being here my whole career, it's all I know. We'll see what happens." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

April 7, 2011 Updates

Now, after the grueling stretch, Redd is back on the floor for the Bucks. He's shaking off the rust that is bound to accumulate after more than a year away from the game, but he's contributing as a reserve. While his minutes have been limited, he couldn't be happier to be back. "It's just phenomenal," Redd told HOOPSWORLD. "It's phenomenal just to be on the court, to be respected and to be back with my peers again. I love playing basketball and when it's taken away from you, you tend to appreciate it even more. Not to say that I didn't appreciate it before, but when you don't play for such a long time, you just miss it even more." HoopsWorld

March 30, 2011 Updates

After being listed as active for the first time all season Saturday against the Chicago Bulls, Redd got his first taste of live-game action Monday night in Charlotte. "This is probably one of my greatest games ever to come back from two [major knee injuries]... Just to be on that court tonight," Redd said. "This is one of the proudest moments of my career. "I had a blast out there with my teammates." HoopsWorld

March 23, 2011 Updates

Bucks guard Michael Redd went through his first 5-on-5 practice Tuesday and expects to return to the court Friday at New York or Saturday when Milwaukee hosts the Chicago Bulls. "Today was my first practice in 14 months," Redd said. "I pretty much played the whole practice. It was fun being out here today." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Redd said he will not play Wednesday night when the Bucks meet the Sacramento Kings at the Bradley Center. He was encouraged about the way he played in the 2-hour practice session at the Cousins Center. "The shot is there; it's just short or long," Redd said. "One of my coaches teased me today and said, 'You made the hard ones today and you missed the easy ones.' "When you miss time, 14 months of playing, you've got to find that rhythm again. It's one thing doing individual workouts, but you need to play 5-on-5 to get that rhythm. "This was a huge step. We'll see how the knee responds. I won't play tomorrow. I think we're targeting maybe Friday." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

March 22, 2011 Updates

Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Redd participated in practice Tuesday and is planning to play Friday in New York after missing the last 14 months following knee surgery. Redd says he feels great, but will not play in Milwaukee's game on Wednesday night against Sacramento. In the past few weeks, he's mimicked the routine of the NBA travel schedule, working out in the morning and again at night. ESPN.com

March 21, 2011 Updates

Redd’s knee injuries, however, forced the Bucks to move on without him. Milwaukee has become Andrew Bogut’s and Brandon Jennings’s team. Management really didn’t know what to expect from Redd but held on to his expiring $18 million salary to get cap relief this summer. With an outside chance at making the playoffs, the Bucks could use an offensive boost, especially after their 56-point performance last week against the Celtics. They welcome Redd’s return. “He’s looking good, but part of the issue is we haven’t been able to get him into any four-on-four up-and-down yet,’’ said coach Scott Skiles. “We just haven’t had time to do it. “What I’ve tried to do is predetermine, just see where we’re at right at that moment. He looks good. To me, he looks better than the first time when he came back. He’s put in a lot of work. He certainly looks like he’s in shape and ready to go.’’ Boston Globe

March 18, 2011 Updates

Injured Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Redd could go through his first full-contact practice as early as Monday, an NBA source said. Redd hasn’t played since tearing his anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee on Jan. 10, 2010, against the Lakers. Practicing would be a big step for Redd, but the Bucks have no timetable for his return to games. Yahoo! Sports

March 17, 2011 Updates

One year earlier, against Sacramento, he had torn the same ligaments, same troublesome knee, banishing him to the rigors of rehab he has come to know -- and loathe -- so well. "I'm on the brink, man," Redd said, his court work down, catching his breath on the Bucks bench an hour before tipoff against Orlando Wednesday. "Words can't describe. What I've been through over the last year and a half, two years, to be healthy -- healthy healthy -- it's a blessing. It's an incredible story, actually." NBA.com

Guilt, criticism, pressure -- they've been tough to deal with, too, right there with every little twinge in his left knee. "My faith in God has been the main thing," Redd said of his endurance. "The first time when it happened, you think, 'I'm going to bounce back. No problem.' Second time it happens kind of devastates you. But I've relied on my faith, the Lord, and also on my wife and parents, my family. The Bucks organization has been terrific, just supporting me. "One of the challenging things this time around has been mentally. Being mentally prepared to go through rehab again. It's rigorous, it's hard but it's worth it." NBA.com

March 16, 2011 Updates

Today, the hard work has paid off. Working out before Milwaukee's game against the Celtics on Sunday, Redd moved fluidly, cutting and pivoting without any hesitation. His 6-foot-6 frame looked solid -- he weighs a career-low 214 pounds -- and the polished jump shot that made him one of the most dangerous shooters in the game appeared sharp. "I just wasn't going to go out like that," Redd said. "It's not about money. It's about ending my career on my terms. I don't want to end my career limping off the floor. That motivated me, it pushed me through the physical therapy, the training, everything." SI.com

Indeed, when the doctors told him he needed another surgery, Redd had just one question: If I do this, he asked, can I get back to being the player I was? "They said, 'Absolutely,' " Redd said. "They told me, 'Do the rehab and the therapy right, you can come back better than ever.' Because I'll be honest, I had doubts if I would be able to come back and play at the level I'm used to playing at." SI.com

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