Knicks rotation questions can wait for now, with Cam Reddish out 'a while' with an ankle injury

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  • New York Knicks
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  • Cam Reddish
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  • Tom Thibodeau
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    Basketball coach from the United States
Cam Reddish white Hawks jersey
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Tom Thibodeau knows that he’ll have to make changes to his rotation to find minutes for Cam Reddish.

“No one’s playing 10, 11, 12 guys that’s for sure,” he told reporters after Friday’s practice, per video posted on the Knicks’ YouTube page.

But Thibodeau may not have to make any decisions in the near future.

The Knicks coach said Reddish will be out for “a while” due to a lingering ankle injury.

Reddish is with the team and will fly with the club to Atlanta for Saturday’s game against the Hawks. But he will not be eligible.

Kemba Walker is also doubtful for the game, Thibodeau said.

So the Knicks won’t have to make any significant lineup changes on Saturday.

New York has won seven of its last 10; the club seems to have found some chemistry among the players who are currently in the rotation.

“We’ve learned each other’s spots, where everyone can be successful,” RJ Barrett said on Friday. “…We’re really moving the ball right now.”

Barrett is in the midst of one of the best stretches in his NBA career. And he’s eager to welcome Reddish into the lineup. Barrett and Reddish played together at Duke, so the Knick front office asked Barrett about Reddish before they finalized the trade with Atlanta.

“Very talented, very skilled,” Barrett said. “I think he’ll be a great piece for our team.”

It will be interesting to see how Thibodeau alters his rotation to make room for Reddish. Once Walker returns to the lineup, the Knicks will have nine healthy players who’ve been part of the rotation. That doesn’t account for Reddish and Quentin Grimes.

“We’re loaded at the wing position right now, so we’ll see,” Thibodeau said when asked about Reddish’s role.

Thibodeau said he likes Reddish’s versatility and his size (6-foot-8 with a 7-foot-1 wingspan).

“Our scouts have evaluated him and feel strongly about him,” the coach said. “So we’ll see.”

For more on Reddish, here’s a detailed look at the trade and what may come next for the Knicks.