The Knicks have made their first move of trade season, acquiring former Jalen Brunson teammate Josh Hart from the Trail Blazers.

Portland Trailblazers have traded Josh Hart to the New York Knicks for Cam Reddish and a protected first-round pick, per Adrian Wojnarowski. According to Woj, the pick is their own, lottery-protected 2023 first, which will convert into four second-round picks should it not convey this year. 

Hart’s name had been swirling as recently as Wednesday morning as a potential player the Knicks were honing in on as they also sought to unload Reddish. 

Hart is averaging 9.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game so far this season. He will likely become a large part of the Knicks bench moving forward as they seek more defense, length, and shooting from their second unit. 

Reddish ends his tenure with the Knicks after being designated DNP throughout much of this season. He will, ideally, have a real shot at time with the Trailblazers alongside star guard Damian Lillard and a rising star in Anfernee Simons. 

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