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Knicks youngster ‘could improve’ Western Conference contender

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Although the New York Knicks head into the 2022-23 season crammed with incredibly talented youngsters ready to contribute to the club from day one, there is one under-24 player in Cam Reddish who has a foot in the game seems and set foot outside of the organization.

According to a Sept. 1 report by Marc Berman of the New York Post, the former Lottery pick claimed a source told him “Reddish is looking for a bigger role” and in return “wants a change of scenery.”

Considering his lack of overall performance since joining the league in 2019 and his incredibly inconsistent play as a member of the Knicks, there doesn’t seem to be a long line of callers calling Leon Rose and his company to inquire about the wing’s availability .

That being said, despite the overwhelming interest from teams across the NBA, there are several ball clubs that could be said to be a fit for Reddish, and Sports Illustrated’s Dalton Trigg believes one possible target is the Dallas Mavericks.

“In addition to missing out on the trade for Utah jazz star Donovan Mitchell, the New York Knicks are now grappling with rumors that fourth-year forward Cam Reddish may want a change of scenery. If these rumors are true, could the Mavs be his next target? At least it’s safe to say that Reddish would be a good fit for Dallas,” Trigg wrote.

“Although the Mavs need a second ball carrier off the bench, chord is actually another area where the team could improve. If they do that, maybe it will prevent Dorian Finney-Smith and Reggie Bullock from being completely exhausted if Dallas is lucky enough to make it back to the Western Conference Finals.”

Despite Trigg’s belief that Reddish could be a good fit with Dallas, he would cast doubt on any possible deal between them and the Knicks in the near future, given New York’s possible free agency manipulation of former guard Jalen Brunson is still a fresh topic.

In addition to the Mavericks, SB Nation’s James Piercey seems to think their South Texas rivals in the Houston Rockets could also prove to be an ideal landing spot for Cam Reddish.

“Taking a flyer on a young player is good business for a team like the Rockets. It doesn’t matter if they haven’t played well so far. The Rockets should hope to put themselves in a position to ease a young player’s breakout season.

“Additionally, Reddish is up for a rookie contract extension after this year. Its commercial value could approach zero,” Piercey wrote.

Piercey would then construct the framework for a deal he believes could bring about a deal between the Knicks and Rockets.

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With New York throwing out a first-round pick to acquire in trading on Jan. 13, this Piercey-proposed return package could come across as quite disappointing from a fan perspective.

However, given his lackluster averages of 6.1 points and 1.4 rebounds per game since joining the franchise, it has to be argued that should the club be bought in, they might not be able to get a much better deal than that.

According to an anonymous Eastern Conference general manager who recently spoke to Heavy.com, the New York Knicks could be an ideal trading partner for their interdistrict rivals in the Brooklyn Nets should they attempt to fire star point guard Kyrie Irving.

“The Nets have spent so much time parting ways with the Knicks that one wonders if the two teams would be willing to make a big deal, but if the Nets feel like they’re going to lose Kyrie Irving, sending him to the Knicks makes sense,” said Heavy.com general manager Sean Deveney.

“The Knicks would have a chance to re-sign him – that’s one of the big fears when dealing with Irving that he won’t stay after the season, he’s a loanee. But if you send out Evan Fournier and Derrick Rose and a pick, the Nets would have to take that into account. It’s not much, but unless they’re sure Irving’s coming back, they might not do much better.”

Despite his troubles outside of court, Irving is still one of the best talents the game currently has to offer and, if the Knicks are still interested in landing an undisputed star player after their failed attempt to land Donovan Mitchell this summer , the executive believes the guard could be a realistic pivot.

The 30-year-old, seven-time All-Star, three-time All-NBA selector and NBA champion has had an incredibly productive 2021-22 season, in which he averaged a stellar 27.4 points per game, 5.8 Assists, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.4 steals with 46.9% shots from the ground and a career-high 41.8% shots from distance.

According to an anonymous Eastern Conference general manager who recently spoke to Heavy.com, the New York Knicks could be an ideal trading partner for their interdistrict rivals in the Brooklyn Nets should they attempt to fire star point guard Kyrie Irving.

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