Originally posted on WeAreSuns  |  Last updated 12/30/11

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2010, file photo, Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Redd (22) goes up for a shot in front of Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng (9) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Milwaukee. The Phoenix Suns announced Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, that they have signed All-Star Redd to a one-year contract. Two injuries to his left knee cost him large chunks of three straight seasons, but Redd averaged 20 points in 11 seasons with the Bucks, his only pro team. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

Fans can’t help but be intrigued. It’s Michael Redd, after all. His game was so good, it reached that point where his name still resonates long after it should.

Problem is, it ain’t 2007.

I’m not faulting or criticizing the Suns for signing the former All-Star. Heck, if anyone can rejuvenate a broken-down has-been, it’s be Phoenix’s medical staff. Nash, Hill, Shaq, they’ve all lost 3-8 years of age and injury here.  It will be interesting to see if Redd becomes another feather in the collective cap of the Suns’ medical staff.

Just remember that Redd isn’t charging in on a white horse ready to save the day. He is limping in. He needs to get in basketball shape. He still needs to earn minutes, because Phoenix’s 0-2 start likely hasn’t changed Alvin Gentry’s glowing opinion of Jared Dudley. There’s also Shannon Brown to consider.

This is a nothing-to-lose agreement for both sides. Phoenix signed Redd on a one-year flyer, knowing they stand only to gain if he still has something left in his tank. If not, no big deal, move on.

As for Redd, his attitude is similar to that of Grant Hill’s. He wants to prove he isn’t a broken-down has-been. He would love nothing more than to have a storybook comeback for Suns fans to enjoy and benefit from.

If Redd regains anything close to his 2007 form (26.7ppg), more power to him and the team doctors. Obviously, Phoenix could use him. A vintage Redd performance might be just what the Suns and their fans need after such a morbid beginning to the season.

Just don’t hold your breath.

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