A separated shoulder will sideline the 22-year old wing for six weeks.
Yesterday, Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Cam Reddish is done for the regular season.
The 6’8”, 210 lbs small forward came down hard on a play against the Kings last Monday and separated his right shoulder. The news is that Cam will need six weeks to recuperate, therefore finishing his season—unless, of course, the Knicks reach and go deep into the playoffs.
Reddish will be able to participate in the usual off-season activities.
The injury is especially unfortunate for a player whom the team sought to evaluate before deciding if they will offer him an extension this summer. Now, an extension becomes highly unlikely, given how little the Knicks’ front office has seen him play with his blue & orange teammates.
After asking Atlanta to trade him because he wanted more minutes, Reddish was swapped in deal for Kevin Knox II in January. He arrived in New York and…sat. He was nursing an ankle injury that sidelined him for few contests, but when he was eligible, coach Tom Thibodeau hazed him for most of the next seven games. The coach gave him multiple DNPs and paltry minutes, which seemed odd because size-wise, he profiles like a Thibs-kinda player: long, strong, and athletic.
Due to injuries, however, Cam’s minutes increased to 16 per game over the last 12 outings. The eyeballs say that he’s a valuable player who is capable of good defense. When the injury occurred, he had just started to gel with his new colleagues, especially former Duke running mate, RJ Barrett. In his last four games, Cam averaged eight points, 2.5 rebounds and a steal, and that includes a 17-point performance in a win over the Clippers. Plus, Cam makes his free throws,, which has been an Achilles heel for this team.
So, this is disappointing news for a fan base that is excited to see what the Norristown boy can do. Get well quick, Cam. We might need you in the playoffs.
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