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NBA Executive Sends Strong Message on Knicks’ Cam Reddish

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There are many places for the New York Knicks to start this offseason, and one of the most intriguing is what to do with Cam Reddish.

Reddish is the newest member of the Knicks, at least until the NBA draft on June 23, but he hasn’t settled down that much. Since coming off the Hawks in a trade, he has only appeared in sporadic minutes in 15 games. His season eventually ended due to a shoulder injury, leaving many question marks over his future.

Manager Tom Thibodeau wasn’t a fan of Reddish coming on, so that may have played a part in why he wasn’t getting any consistent minutes at all.

For a player fighting for his NBA life, not getting minutes could be a death knell. An anonymous Eastern Conference executive speaking to Heavy.com’s Sean Deveney put it bluntly for Reddish.

Reddish was the 10th pick of the 2019 NBA draft, but his career has been very up and down since his selection.

Before him, names like Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and Darius Garland were chosen. These three players are all-stars in the NBA if healthy, and teammate RJ Barrett, selected third overall, could very well be on his way there.

The Eastern Conference board says Reddish isn’t there yet.

“He wants $20 million a year in overtime and he’s just not going to get it, there’s no way they can give him that,” the manager said. “So it’s a tough position for them and that’s why the Hawks wanted to get rid of him in the first place. He wasn’t healthy, and when he was healthy, he wasn’t good. They have to go into limited free hands next year but he has to prove himself before then.”

Some Knicks fans believe that since the three teammates are at Duke, Barrett and Reddish on the team could potentially be used to win Williamson down the line. However, it’s not even a foregone conclusion that Reddish will be in New York by the time that becomes possible.

If Reddish doesn’t figure out how to crack the rotation, he could be a good candidate for a trade, but even that could prove difficult.

At just 22, Reddish still has plenty of time to work things out, but that might not happen in New York.

The Eastern Conference executive doesn’t think it will be easy for New York to move him, so the best scenario might be to just play him and see what happens.

“He has very little commercial value on his own, maybe none after the (shoulder) injury, but they could include him if they need to get the numbers working in a bigger deal,” the manager said. “But the plan is to get him out of there, have him show he can play – and be a winning player – and then make the call on whether or not to sign him next summer. If he plays well they could trade him again in February.”

With so many players on the team fighting for more minutes, a struggling Reddish could be the underdog. If he hasn’t moved during the offseason, it will be interesting to see how the Knicks use him earlier in the year.

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With so many players on the team fighting for more minutes, a struggling Reddish could be the underdog. If he hasn’t moved during the offseason, it will be interesting to see how the Knicks use him earlier in the year.

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