Hawks deal Cam Reddish to Knicks

The Atlanta Hawks have acquired forward Kevin Knox II and a conditional future first-round pick (Charlotte’s protected first-round pick) from the New York Knicks in exchange for forwards Cam Reddish and Solomon Hill and a 2025 second-round pick and cash considerations, the teams announced Thursday.

Because of what Atlanta has in terms of wing players(Bogdan Bogdanovic, De’Andre Hunter, Kevin Huerter), Reddish became expendable. Atlanta(17-23), who advanced to the Eastern Conference finals last season, brought the whole team back this season, but they are struggling, and they needed to make a change, and there could be more moves on the way.

Also, it should be interesting to see if Knox, who was buried on the Knicks bench, will benefit from a change of scenery.

Regarding the Knicks(21-21), they, too, are off to a slow start, and getting a talent like Reddish, who reunites with his former college teammate at Duke, R.J. Barrett, can help, but we’ll see how he fits with New York going forward as they are also crowded at the wing spots.

This season, the 22-year-old Reddish, who was the 10th overall pick by the Hawks in 2019, is averaging 119. points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per contest.  

Knox, 22, is averaging 3.9 points and 1.8 rebounds in 9.2 minutes per game. The former Kentucky star was the ninth overall pick by the Knicks in 2018.

Hawks’ GM on Reddish: ‘He’s got great length, he’s a good athlete, so we’re very excited about him’

The Atlanta Hawks drafted Duke forward Cam Reddish 10th overall in the 2019 NBA Draft, also selecting Texas center Jaxson Hayes (8th overall) and Brazilian guard Marcos Louzada Silva (35th overall).

The 6’8 Reddish averaged 13.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 36 appearances (35 starts) as a freshman for the Blue Devils in 2018-19. The Norristown, Pa. native scored in double figures on 23 occasions, including eight 20-point games, and led Duke with a .772 FT%. He was an honorable mention All-ACC selection, finishing ninth in the conference in steals per game. He earned a bronze medal at the 2017 FIBA U19 Men’s Basketball World Cup as a member of Team USA, averaging 10.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in seven contests.

“Cam’s a guy we’ve watched for years, all the way back through youth basketball coming up,” said Hawks General Manager and Head of Basketball Operations Travis Schlenk. “Cam’s one of those guys who’s extremely versatile. You’ve heard us talk about guys who can dribble, pass and shoot, he fits that bill. He’s also very good defensively. He’s got great length, he’s a good athlete, so we’re very excited about him.”

Hayes, a 6’11 early-entry candidate, averaged 10.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.2 blocks (.728 FG%, .740 FT%) in 32 games (21 starts) for the Longhorns.

Louzada Silva, a 6’6 guard from Brazil, averaged 10.6 points on .496 FG%, .427 3FG% and .735 FT% in 48 games (13 starts) for Franca.