Redd tops Cleveland wish list

Updated: July 6, 2005, 5:13 PM ET
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- The Cavaliers are busy trying to woo Michael Redd, who is scheduled to meet with the team Wednesday.

 Michael Redd
Redd

Redd now tops the team's free agent wish list after Ray Allen agreed to stay with Seattle.

"We're meeting with Cleveland today," Redd's agent, Kevin Poston, said Wednesday. "Michael met with Milwaukee yesterday."

Poston declined to talk about reported contract offers or discuss the situation further.

The Bucks arranged for Redd and Poston to visit to further discuss the maximum offer -- worth an estimated $90 million over six years -- owner Herb Kohl extended to Redd on Friday.

Cleveland can offer him $70 million over five years.

Poor outside shooting last season has made signing a shooting guard one of the Cavaliers' priorities this offseason.

Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry has about $29 million to spend on free agents, but the Bucks can outbid the Cavaliers for Redd under the terms of the league's collective bargaining agreement.

The Cavaliers' biggest selling point is the opportunity to play with LeBron James and join a team ready to reach the postseason. The Bucks are looking for a new coach and are in a rebuilding stage, having just signed No. 1 overall pick Andrew Bogut.

James recently named Redd, Allen, Larry Hughes, Joe Johnson and Eddy Curry as players he would like to see the Cavaliers pursue.

With Allen locked up by Seattle, Redd is the top guard left on the market. He averaged 23 points last season and shot 44 percent.

Redd, who turns 26 in August, attended Ohio State and lives in Columbus in the offseason.


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