The 2021 NBA Draft is just days away and with it, plenty of rumors are swirling around the league. Of the most recent, ESPN’s Jonathan Givony reports that the Hawks could look to move on from one of their young wings, such as Cam Reddish, in order to save some cap space and add another first-round pick.
Cam Reddish was drafted 10th overall in the 2019 NBA Draft behind his Duke counterparts in Zion Williams (#1 overall) and R.J. Barrett (#3 overall) and has carved out a solid role in the Hawks’ rotations through his first two seasons in the NBA.
He missed a ton of time this past season due to right Achilles soreness and having a non-surgical procedure done, but was able to return in the postseason for the Hawks after being sidelined for nearly four months. In 26 regular season games during the 2020-21 campaign, Reddish averaged 11.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and shot just 26.2% from three-point range, but there’s a lot of optimism within Atlanta’s organization that he can turn into a very valuable “3-and-D” type of player on the wing.
Returning from injury in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Bucks, Reddish played quite well and really stepped up for the Hawks with Trae Young dealing with a heel injury. In a Game 6 loss, Reddish had 21 points on 7-12 shooting, 3 rebounds and 3 assists off-the-bench, giving all of us a glimpse into the type of potential he possesses.
With DeAndre’ Hunter and Kevin Huerter also on the wing, as well as having both Bogdan Bogdanovic and Danilo Gallinari, the Hawks could get away with moving one of their young guys like Cam Reddish in order to not only free up cap space moving forward in regards to their young talents, but to add another young talent on a rookie-scale contract through a first-round draft pick in this year’s draft.
Atlanta is already locked-in to picking 20th overall, but they do have interest in adding yet another first-round pick to their name. Leveraging Cam Reddish could be a move they look to make before Thursday and these four teams could look to express interest in the former Top-10 pick should be become available in trade talks.