Boston Celtics Should Add Michael Redd for Final Roster Spot

Patrick BrittonAnalyst IAugust 6, 2012

PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 25:  Michael Redd #22 of the Phoenix Suns drives the ball past Cory Joseph #5 of the San Antonio Spurs during the NBA game at US Airways Center on April 25, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Spurs defeated the Suns 110-106. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Christian Petersen/Getty Images

With 14 players with guaranteed contracts for next season, the Boston Celtics still have an extra roster spot to sign someone else if they choose. With Avery Bradley out to start the year, the Celtics should consider bolstering their back court. A guy who would fit the team well is Michael Redd.

After nagging injuries ended his career with the Milwaukee Bucks, Redd signed with the Phoenix Suns last winter to help out a team that was desperate for scoring. While his shooting was not the same as it was five years ago, Redd still put up good numbers in limited action with the Suns last year. In just 15.1 minutes per game, Redd averaged 8.2 points per game and shot 79.3% from the free-throw line.

If Redd finds his three-point shot again, he could be a very effective player for the Celtics next season. While it would be too much to ask to have him replace Ray Allen, Redd could still help Boston out with consistent shooting and timely threes. Last season, Redd showed he can still be effective in little playing time, so the Celtics will not have to worry about him being cold coming off the bench.

After playing for the veteran’s minimum last year, Boston could offer the same contract to Redd this summer. With a chance of winning a title, it would make sense for Redd to sign with the Celtics, as he is currently “ringless” in his 12 year career. While this signing isn’t necessary for Boston who already have a terrific bench, you can never have too much three-point shooting and at such a cheap price, the Celtics would be foolish to not consider signing Redd.