NBA trades didn’t go the way they usually do this time of year, but fans got something on Thursday when ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski announced that the Knicks were buying Cam Reddish from the Hawks in exchange for ‘a first-round pick in 2022 (via Charlotte), a second-round pick in 2025 (via Brooklyn), Kevin Knox and Solomon Hill.
ESPN sources: The Atlanta Hawks trade forward Cam Reddish to the New York Knicks for a deal that includes a protected 2022 first-round pick via Charlotte. The Knicks also acquire Solomon Hill and a 2025 second-round pick via Brooklyn in Trading.
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 13, 2022
The deal sends Reddish, who was the No.10 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, to a new place where he should see more playing time opportunities than he got in his stint from three. years in Atlanta.
Was there clearly a winner and a loser? Let’s break it down and see how this exchange works for both teams.
Did the Knicks win the Cam Reddish trade?
In short, the answer is yes.
Reddish, 22, gives the Knicks a young goalscorer and wing-shot creator who hasn’t had much of a chance to prove his full potential at the NBA level so far. Reddish is averaging a career-high 11.9 points this season, but he’s only played 23.4 minutes per game for the Hawks. His .402 / .379 / .900 shooting spreads are the best marks of his career and he showed flashes of a player who could one day make an impact for a team if given the lead to do so.
His par 36 numbers give you a better idea of what he might be capable of, averaging 18.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.6 steals. He’s had a few breakout moments when he’s increased in minutes this season, including two 20-point games and two 30-point games, one of which caught fire and knocked down eight 3-pointers, a high in career.
The two 30-point games came in a week in which Reddish had entered the Hawks’ starting lineup due to the number of players excluded from the league’s health and safety protocols.
His height, listed at 6ft 8in with a wingspan of over 7ft, makes him an intriguing all-round defender. It will be interesting to see what defensive-minded head coach Tom Thibodeau can do to maximize his potential at this end of the field.
Finally, the deal reunites Reddish with his Duke College teammate RJ Barrett, giving a familiarity between one of the cornerstones of the Knicks franchise and their new acquisition.
Reddish and Barrett had plenty of opportunities to work on their two-man game in their only season at Duke as star forward Zion Williamson missed a month of action after sustaining a knee injury when his shoe burst during a match.
Knicks fans, can’t wait to see this:
Reddish’s role on the team is, of course, still unknown, but it’s hard to believe the Knicks would dedicate a first-round pick to a player they have no intention of playing. It’ll be fun to see how he fits into New York’s rotation once the trade is finalized.
What’s in it for the Hawks?
Reddish was due to hit restricted free agency this offseason and after paying Trae Young, Clint Capela and John Collins, along with the lucrative deals, they extended Bogdan Bogdanovic and Danilo Gallinari to two offseason two years ago, it was unlikely. that they were able to match sort of a big bid for the 22-year-old.
This ensures they get something in exchange for a former Top 10 pick (not to mention the added pressure Reddish was the Atlanta-selected player with the extra first-round pick he gained in the draft day deal that sent Luka Doncic to the Mavericks for youth).
The move is likely the first in what could be a series of deals, with Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer latest NBA business news stating that an assistant general manager said: “Everyone except Trae Young and Clint Capela are available.”
It should be noted that Collins, the Hawks’ most valuable trade piece, is not eligible to be moved until Jan.15 as he just signed an extension this offseason, so it will be a few days before these potential talks escalate. .
The Hawks are in trouble after a breakout run to the Eastern Conference Finals last season, holding a 17-23 record at this point, 3.0 games short of even a place in the Play-In tournament.