Cam Reddish has made it clear that he’s unhappy in Atlanta. Hawks management has been feeling around the league hoping for a first-round pick in return, and this morning Reddish’s wish was granted. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN has reported that Cam Reddish has been traded to the New York Knicks for Kevin Knox and a first-round pick.
ESPN Sources: The Atlanta Hawks are trading forward Cam Reddish to the New York Knicks for a deal that includes a protected 2022 first-round pick via Charlotte. Knicks also acquire Solomon Hill and a 2025 second-round pick via Brooklyn in trade.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 13, 2022
Cam Reddish Traded to Knicks
What the Knicks Accomplish
The Knicks front office appears to have made another great move. Adding Reddish for such a low cost will inject some energetic youth that this year’s version of the Knicks seems to lack. Reddish shot 37% from range this year for the Hawks, making him at minimum a solid shooter for the Knicks. In recent performances, he has shown the ability to shoot off the dribble, and weasel his way to the rim. Tom Thibodeau has already shown he is not afraid to move players from their starting roles. If Reddish truly has more to offer, he will have the opportunity to supplant Evan Fournier in the starting lineup.
Looking a little further down the line, Knicks management could be planting seeds to land Zion Williamson. He is struggling with injury and commitment in New Orleans. If the situation is as bad as the media implies, he may jump at the opportunity to play with his former Duke teammates.
What the Hawks Accomplish
In the situation where a player wants out, it’s difficult to get actual value in return. The Hawks’ vision for Reddish and De’Andre Hunter was to have two big defensive wings that can knock down threes. Hunter has thrived in that role when healthy, but Reddish believes he can do more. Getting Kevin Knox in return will give the Hawks another chance to realize that vision. Hopefully, a change of scenery is enough to get Knox’s career back on track. The Hawks also received a Charlotte pick via the Knicks that is protected top 18 in 2022, top 16 in 2023, top 14 in 2024-25. When Atlanta finally controls the pick, hopefully, their scouting department makes a good enough pick to recoup the value lost in this deal.
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