New York Knicks Players Most Effected By Cam Reddish Trade

RJ Barrett, Cam Reddish New York Knicks.. Mandatory Credit: Jason DeCrow/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports
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How will Kemba Walker be affected by the Cam Reddish trade?

Yes, Kemba Walker might be a point guard, but make no mistake. Cam Reddish could be coming for his minutes.

If Reddish is going to be able to have a proper role in the team’s rotation, someone’s presence will need to be sacrificed in a major way if not entirely.

Walker has missed the last 7 games with knee soreness.

Just a few weeks ago, Walker was hailed the Eastern Conference Player of the Week.

He accomplished this by averaging 26 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists on 41.3% shooting from the field and 39.5% shooting from three.

He also had two monster performances; a 44 point explosion against the Washington Wizards and a triple-double on Christmas Day to defeat the Atlanta Hawks.

So, how could Walker be threatened by Reddish if he’s played so well?

Well, Walker did manage to come back to earth in a quiet but still disparaging manner shortly before getting hurt.

The guard put up a total of just 12 total points while shooting 4/16 across his last 2 contests. He even shot poorly in his triple-double performance going 3/12.

This is the type of play that got Walker benched for nearly three weeks earlier in the year.

We have already seen Tom Thibodeau willing to pull the plug on Walker once before.

It is unlikely to happen again in the near future with only Immanuel Quickley and Miles McBride available and Derrick Rose recovering from surgery.

But, If Rose returns and Walker is still having a lackluster impact game to game, then Thibodeau may have no choice but to kill two birds with one stone.

Handing the keys once again to Rose and Quickley (who by the way has been fantastic as the starter of late), Thibodeau can potentially eradicate a problematic Walker from the rotation, freeing up more minutes for Reddish in the rotation.

It will be a while before this scenario would become possible, but it is still important to consider now.

The Knicks must allow for the most efficient and helpful players to see time down the stretch in the team’s playoff push.

Reddish with his solid two-way play may already be the more favorable piece going forward if New York wants to be competitive every game.

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