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New York Knicks trying to move up in the Draft for hot prospects as they discuss the Cam Reddish trade with Detroit Pistons

Knicks have had discussions with the Detroit Pistons about a trade for the No. 5 pick in this year's draft.

Kunal Shaw Author

Updated - 24 June 2022 12:45 pm

After a strong start in the 2022 NBA Season, New York Knicks were out of the competition. Their stars didn’t click at the important moments of the games, and the mid-season period was a forgettable one. They even tried for trades before All-Star weekend, but couldn’t find the right mix to go ahead. In the end, they finished 11th in the East with a 37-45 record.

An issue that Knicks observed in their recent seasons is the team doesn’t have any legitimate point guard to support their shooters. With uncertainty over their veteran guards like Derrick Rose and Kemba Walker, the team is more in search of a ball-handler to dictate the pace of the game. So Tom Thibodeau’s lineup would love to have an emerging star, which they can utilize for a longer period and develop at the moment.

But as per the draft selections, New York has the 11th pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, which could hamper their plans to land a prolific PG this Thursday – through the NBA Drafts. To compensate for that, the Knicks have had discussions with the Detroit Pistons about a trade for the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft. As per the reports by SNY’s Ian Begley, Cam Reddish is considered a trade chip in the discussion.

Reddish, 22, was acquired from Atlanta Hawk on Jan, 13th 2022. But he had a minimal role in Tom Thibodeau’s plans. He played for just 14.3 minutes per game in 15 appearances for the Knicks. But former Duke Star had been an effective player for the Hawks. He averaged 11.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in 26.3 minutes per game since drafted by the Hawks in 2019.

Keeping eyes on Purdue’s point guard Jaden Ivey, New Yorkers are ready to put their young star Cam Reddish in the discussion. Jade averaged 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists last season for Purdue. As per ESPN’s Zach Lowe reports on NBA Today, the Knicks have been “much more active” in trade discussions leading up to Thursday’s NBA draft.

SNY Reporter Begley even reported that the Knicks have tried to entice Sacramento Kings for their 4th overall pick in this season’s draft. They talked about offering multiple first-round picks in a package for the Sacramento Kings’ No. 4 selection. With Jabari Smith Jr., Chet Holmgren, and Paolo Banchero considered as the top 3 prospects in the current class, that leaves Ivey either at the No. 4 or No. 5 position.

Though Kings are in no need of a point guard in their ranks, the Knicks would hope to get the No. 5 pick and select Jaden to fill in the roaster.

 

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