Should the Celtics be interested in trading Cam Reddish to the Knicks? originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
Celtics president of basketball Brad Stevens and head coach Ime Udoka. allocated an account on the bench as a must for Boston this offseason.
Could a deal with the New York Knicks help them meet that need?
Michael Scotto of HoopsHype It was reported Friday that Knicks winger Cam Reddish “may be on the move” this offseason as New York seeks to make room in the cap for free agent Jalen Brunson. The Knicks also included Reddish in draft night trade discussions. for Ian Begley of SNYso it looks like they are open to a deal with a 22 year old.
Reddish would be financially suited to Boston; he’s set to make $5.9 million in 2022-23 in the final year of his rookie contract, so the Celtics could use their $5.9 million traded player exemption acquire it without having to match the salary. But is it suitable for basketball?
Reddish has fallen short of expectations since taking the 10th overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft. He averaged 11.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists in his two-plus seasons with the Atlanta Hawks and struggled with his shooting (38.5% field goals, 32.9% from three-pointers) . He also struggled to stay on the court, playing fewer than 60 games in each of his first three seasons and suffering a season-ending shoulder injury for the Knicks in March.
However, the former Duke star has many talents and showed his potential with a 21-point loss against the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 of the 2021 Eastern Conference Finals. At 6ft 8in, he has the athleticism to defend multiple defensive positions and be a threat to the offensive bench behind the star wings. Jason Tatum (fellow Duke release) and Jaylen Brown.
The Knicks are likely to demand a first round pick for Reddish, and the Celtics cannot trade their 2023 first round player under the NBA’s “Stepien Rule,” which prevents NBA teams from going years in a row without a first round. to choose. (Boston sent their 2022 first-rounder to the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for Derrick White.)
So the real deal for Reddish could include a 2023 second round player and a Boston rotation player or a Celtics first round player in 2024 or later.
Udoka hinted at a desire to add veteran talent after watching his young second line in the NBA Finals, so perhaps the three would prefer a more experienced bench scorer than Reddish. But there are plenty of upsides here, so don’t be surprised if Stevens at least calls the Knicks.