Knicks’ Reddish Seeking Change Of Scenery?

Knicks forward Cam Reddish would prefer a change of scenery, according to Marc Berman of The New York Post, who hears from a league source that Reddish is seeking a larger role after seeing irregular minutes with the team last season.

Reddish, who was traded from Atlanta to New York in January in exchange for a heavily protected first-round pick, only appeared in three of his first 11 games with the club, logging 21 total minutes during that time as he returned from an ankle injury.

Reddish began to see the court more regularly in February when Quentin Grimes went down with an injury and Kemba Walker reached an agreement to sit out the rest of the season. However, the former Duke Blue Devil suffered a separated shoulder on March 7, prematurely ending his season. In total, Reddish averaged 6.1 PPG on .415/.258/.906 shooting in 15 games (14.3 MPG) for the Knicks.

A full offseason with the Knicks could theoretically pave the way for Reddish, who is celebrating his 23rd birthday today, to earn a more significant role in 2022/23. But he has been mentioned in some trade rumors this offseason, and Berman’s source is skeptical that Tom Thibodeau envisions the forward as an important piece in New York’s rotation.

“The Knicks didn’t have a plan for him,” the source told The Post. “They traded for him without one and still don’t have one. He would like a bigger opportunity somewhere.”

The Lakers reportedly explored the possibility of acquiring Reddish prior to the February trade deadline, and have been mentioned again this summer as a possible suitor.

If the Klutch Sports client ends up in Los Angeles, it might be as a small part of a bigger three-team deal that sends Russell Westbrook to Utah and Donovan Mitchell to New York. It’s also possible that Reddish could be traded to Utah as part of a package for Mitchell, but Berman says there’s no indication the Jazz are targeting the former 10th overall pick.

Reddish also reportedly sought a change of scenery out of Atlanta before being dealt to the Knicks. His minutes per game had dipped to 23.4 MPG with the Hawks in 2021/22 prior to the trade, a step down from the 28.8 MPG he averaged in ’20/21. Following the trade, he expressed a belief that he could become a “legit star,” but for now he’ll just have to prove that he can be a reliable rotation player.

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