The New York Knicks Cam Reddish trade is the start of something bigger

RJ Barrett, Zion Williamson, New York Knicks. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
RJ Barrett, Zion Williamson, New York Knicks. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /
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RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, New York Knicks. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports /

Where do the New York Knicks currently stand?

It’s the massive fanbase, the craziness that comes with any shred of success, that makes this current Knicks team so polarizing.

There are so many trade scenarios, rotational changes, disputed player values — so many differing opinions surrounding the Knicks current team and, generally speaking, there are typically 3 different places on the spectrum.

There is the idea that this team is simply not good enough and needs to make drastic changes. They need to trade Julius Randle and play Miles McBride 40 minutes a game.

Then there is the side that is ready to take the next step. Package everyone for a star.

Finally, there is the reality of the situation. The reality being that this team is both young and still building while simultaneously trying to compete and be a playoff team. Both can be true.

We know the New York Knicks aren’t winning the championship with this roster, and that’s fine.

The issues they have with consistency and how to potentially be a 2nd round playoff team — these are good problems to have this early in a total rebuild.

For a franchise that has been so desperate and deprived of winning basketball for so long, it’s about building for long-term success. No panic moves.

It is incredibly hard to even be a consistent playoff team in the NBA year after year. Look at the landscape over the last few years, unless you have one of the top 10 superstar guys on your roster, it’s nearly impossible to call yourself a “title contender.”

So back to Cam Reddish.

Reddish has the high-end talent — we know that from not just his flashes in the NBA but his level of play for years now dating back to high school.

Now, instead of continuing to discuss team-building in broad terms, let’s look at Cam Reddish and other players specifically and what it seems like the Knicks are going after.