Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 12/29/11
The Phoenix Suns on Thursday signed former All-Star guard Michael Redd, an 11-year veteran who has missed much of the last three years with knee injuries. An 11-year NBA veteran, Redd was originally a second-round pick by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2000 and developed into one of the most prolific scorers in the NBA over the last decade. Redd, a 6-foot-6, 220-pound guard, had spent his entire career with Milwaukee before signing with Phoenix. He joins the Suns with career averages of 20.0 points (making him one of only 12 active players averaging 20 or more), 4.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 578 games. Redd is a career 44.9 percent shooter overall, including 38.3 percent from 3-point range. Redd, 32, played in just 61 games over the last three seasons after tearing the ACL and MCL in his left knee on two occasions, once in 2008-09 and once in 2009-10. He returned to play the final 10 games of the 2010-11 season, averaging 4.4 points in 13.4 minutes. "Michael Redd has a proven pedigree as a first-rate NBA scorer, said Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby. "He will work with our renowned training staff to get into basketball shape. When he is ready to play, Michael will be a welcome addition to our team. An All-Star and All-NBA third-team selection in 2004, Redd has finished in the top 11 in the league in scoring five times (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008) and averaged 20 or more points in six straight seasons from 2003-09. Only 10 NBA players scored more total points in that span: Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki, Allen Iverson, Vince Carter, Carmelo Anthony, Paul Pierce, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Garnett and Joe Johnson. Redd was also a member of the Redeem Team, the gold-medal winning U.S. team at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
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