Former All-Star and Olympian Michael Redd is reportedly at the end of his playing career. He hasn't made an official retirement announcement, but he turned down the chance to participate in a team's training camp heading into this season, according to the Racine Journal Times' Gery Woelfel.
Redd last suited up in the NBA for the Phoenix Suns in April of 2012. He had some double-digit scoring nights for Phoenix and still had to be guarded behind the three-point line, but he wasn't close to the all-star level player he was at before tearing his MCL and ACL (for the second time) as a member of Milwaukee Bucks.
"Still working out, training, planning to play with somebody next year," said the former All-Star, now 33. "I'd love to play on a contender to let the League know that I can still play after having gone through what I've gone through."
"My body feels terrific, the best it's felt in years, actually. I'm a better player now, even though I've gotten older. It made me a better person, too. There's a fire that's still within me. I know if I got the opportunity to play I know I will produce."
If he has indeed had a change of heart and this the end of the line for Redd, it is unfortunate. In his prime he was as deadly a shooter as they come, and the second ACL and MCL tears could have been a career-ender for someone less determined.
Redd averaged 19 points per game in his career after being selected No. 43 overall in the 2000 draft.