Knicks’ RJ Barrett cannot wait to play with Cam Reddish once more


More than anyone else within the Knicks group, RJ Barrett has the within scoop on enjoying with Cam Reddish. 

So when administration requested him just a few questions on his former Duke teammate earlier than buying Reddish from the Hawks on Thursday, Barrett crammed them in. 

“If I know Cam, he’s up to the challenge,” Barrett mentioned Friday. “I think he’ll do well here. He’ll have a chance to be a great piece to this team. … It was easy out there playing with him [at Duke]. So I hope that translates to the NBA, too.” 

Exactly how Reddish will match with the Knicks stays to be seen, however they gained’t get to search out out simply but. Reddish shall be out “for a while” with a sprained ankle, coach Tom Thibodeau mentioned, declining to supply a timetable. That means Reddish gained’t get the prospect to face his former staff Saturday night time when the Knicks play at Atlanta. 

But the Knicks are intrigued by the 22-year-old’s upside and can give him an opportunity for a recent begin, even when he left one crowded group of wings in Atlanta for one more crowded group of wings in New York. 

Cam Reddish, RJ BarrettRJ Barrett (proper) shall be reunited with former Duke teammate Cam Reddish (left).Getty, USA TODAY Sports

“It gives us an opportunity to look at Cam,” Thibodeau mentioned. “We’ll see when he gets here, see how he fits in and then we’ll go from there. … Size, athleticism, wing position, that sort of thing. Sometimes a change of scenery is good for people. So we’ll see how it unfolds.” 

The Knicks gave up a protected first-round decide (by way of the Hornets) and Kevin Knox to land Reddish, Solomon Hill (who’s out for the season) and a 2025 second-round decide. 

“Feels good, can’t wait to get started,” Reddish advised the Knicks’ digital staff as he boarded the airplane to Atlanta. “I’m looking forward to meeting everyone, meeting all the guys. I haven’t seen RJ in a little minute, so it should be good to see him.” 

Hawks GM and president Travis Schlenk advised reporters Friday that Reddish, final offseason, had “expressed the desire to get to a situation where he could have a little bigger role.” Schlenk mentioned the Knicks’ supply of a first-round decide, regardless of its protections, made the deal well worth the threat of giving up on Reddish’s potential. 

“I don’t know if New York’s going to be the perfect spot for Cam or not, but my job is to get the best value I can for Cam Reddish,” Schlenk mentioned. “He could certainly go on and have an All-Star caliber career and I wouldn’t be shocked at all by that.” 

Cam Reddish and RJ Barrett while teammates at Duke. Cam Reddish and RJ Barrett whereas teammates at Duke. Getty Images

In Atlanta, Reddish was combating for minutes (averaging 23.4 this season) alongside fellow wings Kevin Huerter, Bogdan Bogdanovic and De’Andre Hunter. Thibodeau mentioned it was too early to inform what sort of function Reddish will play with the Knicks, however the 6-foot-8 wing will probably come off the bench behind Barrett and Evan Fournier together with fellow wings Alec Burks (when he’s not beginning at level guard) and rookie Quentin Grimes. 

“I don’t think you can have enough wings,” mentioned Thibodeau, who described the Knicks’ wing place as “loaded.” “That’s type of the best way our league has gone. I like [Reddish’s] versatility. He can play three positions. In at present’s NBA, I feel that’s vital. 

“Our scouts have evaluated him and they feel strongly about him.” 

Cam ReddishCam Reddish competed with different wings for taking part in time in Atlanta.NBAE by way of Getty Images

The No. 10 decide within the 2019 draft was averaging 11.9 factors on a career-high 37.9 p.c capturing from past the arc in 34 video games this season. Reddish flashed reminders of his potential in December when he registered a pair of 30-plus-point video games in a four-game stretch. But he additionally went scoreless in his closing two video games as a Hawk, although he solely performed 3:14 in his closing sport earlier than exiting with the ankle harm. 

Reddish, who flew to New York to endure a bodily and meet the staff in time to fly again to Atlanta, referred to as Barrett on Thursday to get a rundown of his new group. 

“It’s great to play with my Duke brother again,” Barrett mentioned. “It’s going to be a lot of fun. I’m happy, can’t wait till he gets here. … I mean, he’s 6-8, very skilled, [can] shoot the ball, finish with both hands, plays great defense. So you’re getting a good, talented player.”

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