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The Atlanta Hawks traded 22-year-old wing Cam Reddish, Solomon Hill and a 2025 second-round draft pick (via the Brooklyn Nets) to the New York Knicks for Kevin Knox and a protected 2022 first-round pick (via the Charlotte Hornets) Thursday.
New York also waived Ryan Arcidiacono in a corresponding roster move.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN first reported the news of the trade.
The Hawks had been “canvassing the league” for a mid-tier first-round pick or a young player in a potential Reddish trade, Wojnarowski added. The Los Angeles Lakers and the Indiana Pacers were among the teams to make recent inquiries into a possible move.
Reddish has been solid for the Hawks this season, averaging 11.9 points while shooting a career-high 37.9 percent from three. In just his third season, he’s continued to be a solid depth piece for the team.
But Atlanta does not lack depth on the wing, with Bogdan Bogdanovic, De’Andre Hunter, Kevin Huerter and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot also available. The trio of Bogdanovic, Hunter and Huerter has emerged as the team’s three best options, leaving fewer minutes for players such as Reddish.
So a change of scenery might be the Duke alum’s best route to maximizing his potential. New York is certainly banking on it.
And it’ll get more than one season with him to prove his fit with the franchise, as he’s under contract through the 2022-23 season ($5.9 million) before he becomes a restricted free agent.
Reddish was the No. 10 overall pick by the Hawks in the 2019 NBA draft, six picks after the team nabbed Hunter. In Atlanta, he’s been mostly cast as a nice role player, largely off the bench.
The Knicks will be hoping to see him take the next step.
He’ll join a promising core in New York that includes Julius Randle, former Duke teammate RJ Barrett and Kemba Walker, among others, providing quality depth on the wing. Players like Barrett, Reddish, Immanuel Quickley, Obi Toppin and Mitchell Robinson give the team a young group to build around, one currently buoyed by a number of solid veterans.
Reddish isn’t going to turn the Knicks into legitimate title contenders. But he’ll help them in their push for a second straight playoff berth.