Cam Reddish is hoping to settle down with the Knicks after searching for a role with the Hawks

ATLANTA – Cam Reddish had been through a whirlwind of travel and emotion – traded from the Atlanta Hawks to the Knicks on Thursday, flew to New York for his physical and almost instantly jumped on a plane back to Atlanta with the Knicks to see his new team face its old, all in just over 48 hours.

As he sat on a podium in the bowels of the State Farm Arena late Saturday night after the Knicks’ victory over the Hawks, he was asked to summarize what he had accomplished in his 2 1⁄2 seasons in Atlanta since being drafted with No. 10 overall pick of the Hawks.

“Not much,” he said, an honest summary of the confusing performance that had prompted the Hawks to agree to his desire to be traded. “It’s been a roller coaster ride. I’ve learned a lot. It’s a great learning experience and I’m ready for the next step.

“Honestly, I did not know what was going on. I literally woke up to it. I came to New York. It was a little overwhelming. A lot is happening. I think I’m here for a reason, so I will just take advantage of the opportunity and have fun with it. ”

The next step is just as uncertain as the others he has taken since leaving Duke after his first year with RJ Barrett, his college teammate and now a teammate with the Knicks. The two were considered the two best prospects to come out of high school, and they reunited for a season at Duke with Zion Williamson before all three became lottery pickers.

But Reddish never struck out in Atlanta, and on a list filled with talent at the wing positions, he wanted a fresh start. He will get that in New York, even though he also joins a team that is crowded in these places. He is currently put on the sidelines by a sprained ankle, but is happy to start over.

Reddish, 22, averaged 11.9 points in 23.4 minutes per game. match for Hawks. His primary ability to get into the NBA was his shooting, but that hasn’t translated yet. He has career grades of 38.5% overall and 32.9% from beyond the arc.

In Atlanta, he struggled for playing time, not just with the other players, but with a series of injuries that limited him last season. Nevertheless, Hawks coach Nate McMillan compared him to an elite talent he had worked with before.

“I really like Cam,” McMillan said. “I’ve only been with him for probably a year and a half – I came here last year as an assistant. Just when I saw him and worked with him for the first time, I saw the potential, I saw a great potential in Cam. He and I had many conversations about my vision of what I thought he could be.

“I had the opportunity to train Paul George – the same type of body, the same type of game, the ability to score, to be a two-way player. Those are things I’ve always talked to him about. He has a wealth of potential.”

“This year he talked to us over the summer that he wanted to go somewhere else. It was hard for him to get in and he was a professional. He was a professional. He did not do anything through the media. He came in. He tried to work. Many of you asked why he was not in the rotation or why we did not do certain things. We knew this was something – he probably would not end the season with us. Unlucky. He has a great talent “Fantastic boy. I wish him all the best.”

Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk agreed that there is All-Star potential in Reddish and noted that he would not be surprised if he realized this potential. That just would not happen with Atlanta.

“I feel like I can be a star,” Reddish said. “I feel like I could be a legit star. That’s what I’m working on being. It’s pretty simple. I think I’m still on track. I want to keep putting the work in. Like I said. , no love lost I know how it goes.But I think I’m still there.

He appreciated the comparison with George, but he had a simpler goal to himself. “Man, I love being Cam Reddish, to be honest with you,” he said. “But I really like Paul George’s game. I can see where the similarities come from. Great respect for PG, but I love being me.”

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