GREENBURGH, NY – There will be no rematch for Cam Reddish in Atlanta on Saturday when the Knicks play against his former team.
Coach Tom Thibodeau said the Reddish, who the Knicks got in a trade with the Hawks on Thursday, is expected to be “out for a while” because of the sprained ankle he sustained in his last game with Atlanta.
Thibodeau said he does not know how long it will last, but he and his staff are clearly itching to see what Reddish can add when he recovers.
“We will see when he comes here how he fits in and we go from there,” Thibodeau said Friday. “Size, athletics, wing position, that sort of thing. Sometimes a chance at landscape is good for people
, so we have to see how it develops.
“Everyone’s way is different. When you look at all the players in the league, some guys get started quickly, some guys start slowly. It’ll all be based on performance. He comes in and it’s a fresh start for him. We are filled the wing position right now so we can see. ”
6-8 Reddish, who played with the Knicks’ RJ Barrett for Duke and was the 10th overall pick in the 2019 draft, struggled with injuries and inconsistency in his first two years in the league. The Hawks moved him to a bench role this season and he thrived (11.9 points per game) in slightly fewer minutes (23.4).
Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk told reporters in Atlanta that Reddish had come to him and asked to go somewhere where he could get a bigger role.
“That’s the hard part every time you talk about a 22-year-old player who has played less than 150 games in the league, I think,” Schlenk said of Reddish’s potential. “He’s a super-high talent. We see it all. He’s great length, he’s great size, he’s a great skill level. But we also try to mix the team together. So we have to take all those things. “He could definitely go on and have an All-Star career, and I would not be shocked at all.”
If that happens, it would be something of a theft for the Knicks, who gave up the Charlotte Hornets’ heavily protected first-round pick and Kevin Knox to secure Reddish, Solomon Hill (who is out of season) and a second-round 2025 pick.
Right now, there is no obvious place in the rotation for Reddish. Barrett, Quentin Grimes, Evan Fournier, Alec Burks, Immanuel Quickley and Derrick Rose have put big minutes on the wing.
“We’ll see when he gets here,” Thibodeau said of Reddish’s role. “Again, you have to take as a starting point who you have available and what the rotation looks like.
“I don’t think you can have enough wings. That’s how our league has gone. I like his versatility. He can play three positions. In today’s NBA, I think that’s important.”
When the trade went down, it was a whirlwind of 24 hours for Reddish. The newest Knick flew to New York for a physical Friday and then flew back to Atlanta with his new teammates.
Thibodeau said that as of Friday noon, he had only spoken briefly with Reddish. Barrett said he spoke to his former teammate after the switch and is looking forward to playing with him again. He also said the Knicks came to him before the trade to get his bid.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” he said. “I’m happy, can not wait until he comes here… I mean he is 6-8, very good, [can] shoot the ball, finish with both hands, play good defense. So you get a good, talented player. ”