Why ex-Atlanta Hawks player Cam Reddish is unlikely to get an extension

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The Atlanta Hawks did the right thing when they moved on from Cam Reddish. The young swingman injured his ankle in a preseason game but was able to play the next game but was ineffective in the time that he was on the court.

He played 21 minutes, collecting the stat line of two points, two rebounds, two assists, and two steals. He went 1-of-7 from the floor, including 0-of-2 from deep. This shooting is very similar to what the Hawks saw prior to trading him last season.

The only difference was that Reddish had a plus-15 impact on the box score. This was relative to who was on the floor with him and the fact that the Indiana Pacers are not a very good outfit at the moment. In a regular season game, if Reddish played this time, the way that he did, the New York Knicks would have been in trouble.

The Atlanta Hawks would be happy they took any doubt away.

In the second preseason game that the Knicks played against the Pacers, Reddish played less than eight minutes in the first half. He did not make any of the three attempts that he took from the floor. Two of these were from beyond the arc.

He got to the line four times, making three of them. However, the Knicks showed where he is in their estimation as they played the starting group for the majority of the half. Reddish got backup minutes only and if he does not perform at a higher level, he will not get court time.

In fact, it would not be surprising to see Reddish traded by the Knicks prior to the trade deadline. He is an expiring contract that the Hawks may be able to get something useful back for. This is what the Hawks did and they used the pick that they got in the trade to secure the services of Dejounte Murray.

The preseason shows that the Hawks made the right call on Reddish. dark. Next

As we discussed during the preseason, this was the trade that simply keeps on giving. There is a good chance that Reddish will get a contract for next season but it will be with a rebuilding team. Unless it is with a team that will give him a small role, it is unlikely that Reddish will get a deal with any contender.