I’ve spent the greater part of last season writing articles about hypothetical commercial candidates for The Knicks, and not many of them have become actual rumors.
This year I tried to focus less on hypothetical trading scenarios, but the one I’ve done recently that’s been tough on was in Atlanta, Cam Reddish.
What a surprise!
SNY’s Ian Begley recently mentioned that the Knicks are one of the few teams interested in trading for former Duke Bluedevil.
Should the Knicks trade Cam Reddish?
If you’ve watched this year’s Knicks regularly, you know this group isn’t much like last year’s team.
Can the Knicks management find another Derrick Rose-like deal to motivate the team in the second half? We’ll find out over the next few weeks.
The NBA rollout deadline is February 10 (less than a month later). The teams have already started discussing different trade options both internally and externally.
Many clubs are in or close to a dispute, so it is difficult to determine who the sellers and who the buyers will be at the deadline.
Much of that will be decided over the next two weeks or so.
Given the path the Knicks have taken up to this point, it’s fair to assume that they’ll be looking to upgrade their roster before the deadline.
With that in mind, we asked a former executive what approach he would take on the deadline. (The executive requested anonymity so they could speak freely about a particular franchise.)
The Knicks were also among the teams that had some degree of interest in Cam Reddish, according to sources familiar with the Reddish dynamic in Atlanta.
The hawks, according to various reports, will make – or make – Reddish available via commerce.
Reports suggest that Reddish could be secured for a first-round pick, and as it stands, the Knicks’ pick will be the 12th pick, while Charlotte, who first traded last year, will effectively drop his top 18 protections and transfer at the 19th pick.
CHA 2022 1st Rd Pick
If all it took was something like the above trade, (Kevin Knox to match salaries and pick Charlotte in the first round) to get RJ to play alongside his old college buddy, then I totally support it.
But we also have to bear in mind that both RJ and Cam are due to be extended soon and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t worried about what kind of deal they would have to pay Cam to keep him.
Reddish have improved quite a bit this season despite averaging 5 minutes less per game than they played last year.
He averaged 11.9 points per game while playing just 23 minutes per night, compared to last season where he averaged 11.2 points in 29 minutes per game.
Although it would likely cost the Knicks $20 million a year to keep Reddish after a rookie deal, it’s a small price to pay for a guy who’s only 22 and has barely scratched the surface of what he’s capable of.
He’s shown flashes of stardom and you can’t ask for more of a winger nowadays because at 6ft 8in, he is a super athlete and scores as you please.
If Atlanta is open for the above trade, I do it 10 times out of 10.