In the 2020-21 NBA season, Tom Thibodeau led the New York Knicks to the playoffs for the first time in eight seasons. In the 2021-22 season, though, the Knicks couldn’t replicate that magic, finishing 37-45 and 11th in the Eastern Conference. Heading into Year 3 of the “Tibs” Era, the team’s roster looks largely the same as last season, with the addition of Jalen Brunson on a massive free-agent deal. This means a Knicks trade is likely the best way to shake things up. With Knicks training camp starting the last week of September, here are the reasons why Cam Reddish and Julius Randle are the two biggest potential Knicks trade candidates for Knicks entering the 2022-23 NBA season.

 

Cam Reddish 

By now, we are all used to superstar NBA players becoming unhappy and demanding a trade. When a major star does this, the team often (but not always, see Kevin Durant) have to oblige.

But what happens when a mid-level malcontent with a history of unhappiness and career averages of 10.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.3 assists declares he wants out? Well, we’ll see with the case of the New York Knicks and Cam Reddish.

The 23-year-old No. 10 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft is, once again, unhappy with the team he’s playing on. What makes this more obnoxious than usual is that Reddish is only on the Knicks because he was unhappy on the Atlanta Hawks and forced his way out of there after just 188 NBA games.

The Knicks trade that brought Reddish to New York City in January 2022 included Kevin Knox and a protected first-round pick. Reports are that the franchise now wants a first-rounder back in return. The problem is, there doesn’t seem to be too many teams willing to give that up for a player who has now asked out of two organizations.

At the end of the day, Reddish is only 23 and still has all the talent he had coming out in the draft. He’s also shot over 40% from behind the arc in his last two seasons, and his defensive numbers improved dramatically last year.

Cam Reddish still has the potential to develop into a legit 3-and-D star in this league if he can ever find his happy place. The Knicks might have a give a little on their asking price, but it makes sense to deal with the Reddish problem sooner rather than later. If anyone is going to get shipped out of New York during Knicks training camp, Reddish is the most likely option.