There are a lot of points the New York Knicks need to tackle this season, and one of the most intriguing is what to do with Cam Reddish.
Reddish is the newest member of the Knicks, at least until the June 23 NBA Draft, but he hasn’t found himself above all that. Since switching to trades from the Hawks, he’s only appeared in 15 games at sporadic minutes. His season is finally coming to an end with a shoulder injury, and he leaves many question marks over his future.
Coach Tom Thibodeau isn’t a fan of getting Reddish on the field in the first place, so that could have played a role in why he didn’t get consistent minutes in the first place.
For a player fighting for his life in the NBA, not getting a few minutes can be a fatal blow. An anonymous Eastern Conference executive speaking to Heavy.com’s Sean Deveney told Reddish straight away.
Reddish has a long way to go
Reddish was the 10th pick of the 2019 NBA Draft, but his career has had its ups and downs since being picked.
Chosen before him included the likes of Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and Darius Garland. Those three players, while healthy, were All-Stars in the NBA and teammate RJ Barrett, selected third overall, could very well be on their way there.
The Eastern Conference executive says that Reddish is not there yet.
“He wanted to renew it for $20 million a year and he wouldn’t get it, there’s no way they could give it to him,” the executive said. “So it’s a tough position for them and that’s why the Hawks wanted to get rid of him in the first place. He was not healthy and when he was healthy he was not well. They will have to go to limited free agency next year but he will have to prove himself between now and then. “
Some Knicks fans believe having Barrett and Reddish on the team could potentially be used to buy Williamson down the line given the three of them were teammates at Duke. However, it is not even an obvious conclusion that Reddish will be in New York by the time that becomes a possibility.
If Reddish doesn’t figure out how to crack the spin, he could be a good candidate for a trade, but even that could prove difficult.
Reddish can be moved?
At just 22, there’s plenty of time left for Reddish to figure things out, but that may not be the case in New York.
The Eastern Conference executive doesn’t think New York will easily move him, so the best scenario might simply be to play him and see what happens.
The CEO said: “He has very little transactional value, maybe nothing after the (shoulder) injury, but they can include him if they need to make the numbers work in a bigger deal. “But the plan is, get him out there, let him prove he can play — and be a winning player — and then maybe sign him next summer or not. are not. If he plays well, they might reconsider trading him in February.”
With so many players on the team fighting for more minutes, a struggling Reddish can turn out to be the oddball. If he doesn’t move into the season, it will be interesting to see how the Knicks use him as the year begins.
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