It’s the first day of the last full month before the start of the 2022-23 regular season. Not only that, but it’s also Cam Reddish’s birthday. The New York Knicks traded a first-round pick and Kevin Knox to the Atlanta Hawks back in January for Reddish, and the now 23-year-old is reportedly looking for “a change of scenery.”
Reddish played in 15 games for the Knicks in 2021-22 before he suffered a right shoulder separation in a win over the Sacramento Kings on Mar. 7. Three days later, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Reddish would be out for the final month of New York’s season.
Reddish’s name has been floating around in the Donovan Mitchell trade rumors. It’s been two months since the Utah Jazz traded Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves, which opened the door to trade talks involving Mitchell. The Knicks and Jazz have gone back and forth to no avail, but the belief is still that the three-time All-Star guard will end up in New York.
And now, it seems as if Reddish will surely soon be on the way out. New York Post’s Marc Berman broke the news.
"The Post has learned Reddish wants a change of scenery from New York after he was traded there in January and didn’t initially crack the rotation to build confidence. An NBA source said Reddish is looking for a larger role."
If that’s what Reddish wants, his wish could be coming true in the very near future. Let’s explore three trades involving Cam Reddish that New York could make.
3 trades that the Knicks could make involving Cam Reddish
3: A trade with the Lakers that doesn’t involve a third team
The Los Angeles Lakers’ interest in Cam Reddish isn’t a secret. They weren’t able to get him at the trade deadline, but they could get him now. With the Lakers looking to move on from Russell Westbrook, LA is the perfect team for New York and Utah to include in a three-team trade.
That seems like the most likely route for a Reddish trade, but as Berman noted, the Knicks could do a “separate deal” with the Lakers to “perhaps to recoup a first-round pick they lost in a Utah scenario.”
If that ends up being what happens, there’s no way of knowing who would still be on the Knicks, and at that point, maybe the Lakers would’ve agreed to a Westbrook deal with the Indiana Pacers. If Westbrook goes to Indiana and LA doesn’t have to give up both of its first-round picks (2027 and 2029), maybe New York could receive one of those picks in a potential deal involving Reddish.
This scenario obviously wouldn’t be the best option for the Knicks because looping the Lakers into a three-team trade with the Jazz would help New York get Donovan Mitchell. And because LA has an interest in Reddish, a three-team trade is what the Knicks’ front office should explore.