Knicks forward Cam Reddish will miss the remainder of the season after falling badly and hurting his shoulder on Monday in Sacramento.
New York Knicks forward Cam Reddish will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2021–22 NBA season after separating his shoulder, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported.
Reddish, 22, missed yesterday’s win over the Dallas Mavericks after falling down hard against the Sacramento Kings on Monday. Wednesday saw the news that the Duke product return to New York—away from the team on the road—to be evaluated by doctors.
The Knicks acquired Reddish on January 13th in exchange for former first-round pick Kevin Knox and the protected Charlotte Hornets first-round pick. Reddish appeared in only 15 games for the Knicks this season, averaging 6.1 points and 1.4 rebounds per game, shooting 41.5% from the field and 25.8% from three.
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Importantly, Reddish is extension eligible, approaching the final year of his rookie-scale contract along with former Duke teammate RJ Barrett, both top-10 selections of the 2019 NBA Draft. The Knicks can also extend the qualifying offer worth around $5.9 million to Reddish and keep the 6-foot-8 forward around another season before Reddish would become an unrestricted free agent.
Reddish joins veteran point guard Kemba Walker as two Knicks newcomers this season sidelined for the remainder of the year. Walker and the Knicks agreed to put the former All-Star floor general on ice as Walker prepares for next season (whether that’s in an orange and blue uniform remains to be seen). Additionally, Derrick Rose has missed time stretching back to December following two procedures on his ankle. It’s unclear if Rose will ever play with the team again this season. Recent contributions to the winning streak by young guards Immanuel Quickley and Miles “Deuce” McBride may stifle a rushed comeback for Rose.
Despite possessing a three-game winning streak heading into Memphis on Friday, the Knicks are quietly hobbled. Rose, Walker, and Reddish are out for an extended period and promising rookie wing Quentin Grimes may be back soon but is still sidelined. Sophomore forward Obi Toppin has missed time with a hamstring injury and Nerlens Noel is M.I.A. with plantar fasciitis, only appearing in 25 games this season after inking a new, three-year deal.
The Knicks are three and a half games out of the final play-in spot in the Eastern Conference. Stranger things have happened, of course, like a nine-game late-season winning streak pushing the Knicks in 2020–21 to home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. For the time being, though, the Knicks miss a key young piece they traded a former lottery selection and a first-round pick for in Cam Reddish, losing time to evaluate the rangy defender ahead of restricted free agency.