Report: Knicks unlikely to sign Cam Reddish to an extension

Jonathan Sherman
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Last season, the New York Knicks traded for talented youngster Cam Reddish.

While Reddish has flashed impressive potential at times during his NBA career, the Knicks do not seem interested in finding out whether he can reach that full potential in the future. According to a recent report, the Knicks are unlikely to sign Reddish to an extension.

If the Knicks do not extend Reddish prior to the Oct. 17 deadline, he’d become a restricted free agent.

Prior to being traded to the Knicks from the Atlanta Hawks last season, Reddish was arguably playing the best ball of his career. Despite starting just seven of 34 appearances, he was averaging a career-high 11.9 points along with 2.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.0 steal per game.

When he was traded to the Knicks, he appeared in just 15 games (zero starts), and his per-game averages took a sizable step back. He averaged just 6.1 points and 1.4 rebounds per game with the Knicks.

Still, that does not mean that he can’t have a solid season this year.

Though Reddish’s former Duke University teammate RJ Barrett is without a doubt the Knicks starting small forward, Reddish should be battling for that backup spot.

However, there is a fair amount of talent at the wing position for the Knicks. Aside from Reddish and Barrett, the Knicks also have players such as Evan Fournier and Quentin Grimes.

It might be an uphill battle for Reddish to log ample minutes.

So where does that leave Reddish going forward? Chances are good that he won’t be receiving a sizable offer from teams around the league next summer, but that does not mean he won’t get interest.

At 6-foot-8, he’s certainly got the length to be an effective defender, and he is showing signs of improving on the offensive side of the ball as well.

Last season, he recorded 40.4 percent shooting from the field and 35.9 percent shooting from deep. Both marked improvements compared to his career averages of 38.7 percent from the field and 32.5 percent from 3.

So, while his future in New York may be a bit murky, he does not have to worry about his time in the NBA coming anytime soon. The 23-year-old will certainly get more opportunities to improve during and after the 2022-23 campaign.

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Jonathan has worked as a sports writer covering NBA and NFL news since 2017. He's a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Vikings.