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In search of a larger role, Knicks’ Cam Reddish wants to be traded again, per report

In January, the New York Knicks traded for Cam Reddish, a third-year wing who was caught in a logjam with the Atlanta Hawks. In a press convention, Hawks president Travis Schlenk revealed that Reddish had requested a commerce the earlier offseason. Reddish was on the lookout for an even bigger function.

On Thursday, the New York Post‘s Marc Berman reported that Reddish as soon as once more needs a commerce and an even bigger function. An NBA supply instructed Berman that, when the Knicks acquired him, Reddish was involved about being in one other logjam. 

Twenty-eight minutes after the story was printed, the Knicks’ official Twitter account wished him a cheerful birthday. Reddish turned 23 on Thursday. 

In 15 video games with New York after the commerce, Reddish averaged 6.1 factors, 1.4 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 14.4 minutes. For the primary three weeks, he was simply attempting to interrupt into coach Tom Thibodeau’s rotation. Reddish performed 20 minutes or extra solely twice and scored in double figures solely twice earlier than a season-ending shoulder injury. This was under no circumstances what he envisioned when he said at his introductory press conference that he thinks he can turn into “a legit star.”

Assuming Reddish doesn’t signal a rookie-scale contract extension earlier than the common season begins, he will likely be a restricted free agent subsequent summer season. Each Berman of the Submit and Ian Begley of SNY advised that he could possibly be moved to the Los Angeles Lakers if the Knicks’ pursuit of Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell turns right into a three-way commerce. Los Angeles tried to acquire Reddish from Atlanta final season, however had been solely keen to surrender a pair of second-round picks, according to The Athletic’s Fred Katz and Chris Kirschner.

Primarily based on what Reddish told Kirschner last October, he needs the ball in his arms with the liberty to make performs. It’s troublesome to see his path towards that sort of function in New York. If the entrance workplace doesn’t commerce for Mitchell, then the Knicks’ three major playmakers would be the newly signed Jalen Brunson, the newly prolonged RJ Barrett and Julius Randle. Derrick Rose will run the second unit, and the emerging Quentin Grimes has confirmed worthy of extra playmaking duty. If Reddish has to compete with Grimes, Immanuel Quickley and Evan Fournier for minutes on the wing, he’d be finest served by embracing a complementary function: defend like loopy, rebound, make fast selections, knock down spot-up 3s.

And if Reddish is traded, he’ll possible need to do the identical factor, at the least till he proves he will be environment friendly in that function on a constant foundation. Whereas Reddish may need a neater time incomes huge minutes elsewhere, there aren’t many groups that may realistically characteristic him as a high-usage playmaker. A rebuilding Jazz group with out Mitchell might do it, however the Submit reported that there isn’t a indication they need Reddish in a possible deal.

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