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Knicks kick off NBA trade season by landing Cam Reddish of Hawks for Kevin Knox

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The Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks – first-round playoff opponents last season and struggling this season – executed the first major trade of the 2021-22 season with the Hawks sending forward-guard Cam Reddish to the Knicks for forward Kevin Knox and a future first-round draft pick, a person familiar with details of the deal told USA TODAY Sports.

The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly until the deal was announced by both teams.

The Knicks and Hawks are both struggling to replicate last season’s success – New York is 21-21 and in 11th place in the Eastern Conference, and Atlanta, which reached the conference finals in 2021, is 17-23 and in 12th place.

Reddish averages 11.9 points and shoots 37.9% on 3-pointers, but his minutes per game have declined by more than five compared to last season. He could get more minutes with the Knicks, who are looking for two-way players to jumpstart their disappointing season.

Cam Reddish helped the Hawks advance to the Eastern Conference finals last season, but his minutes per game have declined this season.
Cam Reddish helped the Hawks advance to the Eastern Conference finals last season, but his minutes per game have declined this season.

Knox may just be a flier for the Hawks who may not be done making moves before the Feb. 10 trade deadline. Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk expressed his frustration on Atlanta radio station 92.9 The Game last week, saying, “It's my responsibility to put a product on the floor that can win, and right now, I'm not sure I have done that.”

He also criticized the team’s urgency, saying, “There's no sense of accountability that 'I'm going to stop my guy.' It's just not there. … It doesn't bother them. I hope it's a switch we can flip, but I don't know at this point.”

The draft pick the Hawks get from the Knicks is a first-rounder (via Charlotte) that is protected for picks 1-18 in 2022, 1-16 in 2023 and 1-14 in 2024 and 2025. It turns into a second-round if it is not conveyed by 2025.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Knicks kick off NBA trade season by landing Cam Reddish of Hawks