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Cam Reddish trade: Hawks’ Knicks land winger for Kevin Knox II, protected from the 2022 first round, per report

The New York Knicks acquire Cam Reddish from the Atlanta Hawks in a commercial deal, According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. In return, the Knicks will send the Hawks a protected selection in the first round for 2022, via the Charlotte Hornets, as well as striker Kevin Knox II. New York will also receive veteran striker Solomon Hill and 2025 in the second round, via the Brooklyn Nets, in the deal.

The protected first rounder was the one the Knicks got from Charlotte in exchange for the pick who became Kay Jones. He is protected from the top 18 in 2022, the top 16 in 2023 and the top 14 in 2024 and 2025. After that, the selection will be carried over in the form of two rounds from the second round (2026, 2027).

Reddish, 22, is eligible for a contract extension this summer. He wanted a growing role and the hawks wanted a choice that could help them in future deals, by ESPN. This season, he has averaged 11.9 points on 53.7 percent of true shooting, plus 2.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.0 steals in 23.4 minutes, for an usage rate of 22.3 percent.

Knox, 22, will be a restricted free agent in the summer, with a qualifying bid of $7.9 million. It’s been a pretty much an emergency choice for Tom Thibodeau’s trainer this season.

Atlanta disappointed 17-23, with the third worst defense in the NBA, after reaching the conference finals last season. “It might not have been a great idea to bring everyone back,” General Manager Travis Schlink said in a recent radio interview.

Even before the Hawks underperformed, Reddish was a popular commercial candidate, simply because it would be difficult for the front office to pay everyone. Striker De’Andre Hunter will be eligible for an extension at the same time with Reddish, and the extensions signed by Trae Young and Kevin Huerter will already start next season. Nobody likes to lose young talent for nothing, and having a small army of young men fighting for minutes and touches can create chemical problems, so a “merger deal” – putting together several good players to get a better one – has long seemed like a way to go. logical to go. Not exactly that, but only because we don’t know what’s coming next.

If the Falcons ended up encasing that choice with Hunter or Huerter (or Bogdan Bogdanovic, John Collins, Clint Capela, Danilo Gallinari, or Onyeka Okongwu, in theory), then they would have effectively executed a consolidation deal. They will have just implemented it in two parts.

However, there’s no guarantee that Atlanta will make more moves before the February 10 deadline, or that it will have the best offer on the table when the next Star Bidding War begins. All this does is give the Hawks flexibility and, in the short term, allow them to post and use Reddish minutes. It also ensures that they will pay close attention to Charlotte’s track record as long as they have this protected pick.

It’s fair to wonder if Atlanta could have gotten more for Reddish had they waited until the deadline approaches. If the Knicks see the upside in Reddish, they will certainly be happy to acquire it without giving up any of the young players currently in their rotation. While Knox is worth trying as a “second draft” guy, this deal would look better for the hawks with Obi Tobin or Quentin Grimes in it.

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