Redd chooses Milwaukee’s bucks

Apparently the opportunity to play with LeBron James in his home state wasn’t enough to get free-agent guard Michael Redd to leave $20 million on the table. ESPN is reporting that Redd has agreed to re-sign with the Milwaukee Bucks for $90-$96 million over six years, which is one year and roughly $20 million more than the Cavaliers’ were able to offer under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Redd’s signing means the Cavaliers have failed to land either of their top-two choices to fill the starting two-guard slot, after Ray Allen verbally agreed to an extension with Seattle earlier this week.

The Cavaliers will likely turn their attention to Washington guard Larry Hughes, who’s a much better defender than either Allen or Redd but not nearly the shooter that the other two are, Joe Johnson, a restricted free agent who many feel is the best shooting guard on the market, and Clippers’ swingman Bobby Simmons, the NBA’s reigning Most Improved Player. Of the three, the Cavs probably have the best chance at signing Simmons since the Suns appear ready to match any offer Johnson receives and many feel Hughes would prefer to stay in Washington. That said, Danny Ferry may decide to save some of his cap room for next year if indeed he can’t land Hughes or Johnson.

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