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Gary Washburn

The Bucks will be without Michael Redd for the rest of the season after
he tore his left anterior cruciate ligament for the second time in less
than a year. That not only robs the Bucks of their leading scorer, but
it means Redd is unlikely to opt out of his contract this summer. He is
expected to return to Milwaukee for the final year of his deal at $18.3

If he were to opt out, the Bucks would have only $31 million committed to salaries next season, but Redd would dramatically alter that cap, even though he likely wouldn’t play for most of the season. The ushering out of the Redd Era is probably good for the Bucks, who have an improving young team led by point guard Brandon Jennings. With players such as Joe Alexander and Luke Ridnour likely gone, Milwaukee can build through the draft and free agency.

Redd coming off the cap may delay the rebuilding plan by one year. The Bucks need to figure out a way to attract a scoring guard and small forward to join Jennings and Andrew Bogut . . . The resurrection of the career of Memphis’s Zach Randolph may result in an All-Star appearance. Randolph is averaging a double-double for the Grizzlies, who are suddenly looking for bench help for a playoff run. While the acquisition of Iverson proved a failure, former Celtics general manager Chris Wallace scored with Randolph, who has always produced but has never been considered a winner or team player. The Grizzlies are looking for a swingman to bolster the bench and have three first-round picks and the expiring contact of Stephen Hunter to dangle.

A team such as Miami, which is looking to reduce its luxury tax debt, would be a likely candidate. Dorell Wright, a player the Heat have been waiting on to flourish for years, could be dealt at the trade deadline.

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