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Rumor: Hawks looking to package Cam Reddish in trade to move up in 2021 NBA Draft

Cam Reddish, Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks have a lot of talented young players. While that’s not exactly a bad thing, Hawks owner Tony Ressler recently admitted that it’s just not possible keep all of them around for the long haul. That’s why Cam Reddish’s name is coming up in trade rumors.

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor reports the Hawks are looking to package Reddish with the 20th pick in order to move up in the 2021 NBA Draft. This would help reset the clock on paying one of the many young talents on the roster.

Reddish was a relative disappointment at Duke as the third wheel alongside Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett, but that didn’t stop him from going 10th overall in the 2019 NBA Draft. Reddish’s intriguing potential still made him a worthwhile gamble at that spot.

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Unfortunately, the issues Reddish had at Duke have carried over to the NBA. The 21-year-old is a promising defender thanks to his length and athleticism, but his offensive game is lagging behind. He shot just 36.5% overall and 26.2% from 3-point range this past season after shooting 38.4% from the field and 33.2% from 3 as a rookie.

Of course, injuries played a role in his immense shooting struggles in Year 2. Reddish was limited to just 26 regular-season games in 2020-21, and he missed most of the Hawks’ playoff run to the Eastern Conference Finals. He did return to play against the Milwaukee Bucks and actually had a monster performance in Game 6, going for 21 points and making 6-of-7 from deep in Atlanta’s final game.

That was nice to see and showed Reddish’s potential, but that one game alone isn’t going to stop the Hawks from looking at trades. Atlanta has a big decision to make on John Collins in free agency, and Trae Young is about to get a max contract. Kevin Huerter is up for an extension as well, with De’Andre Hunter becoming eligible next offseason along with Reddish.

There are some tough decisions needed to be made in Atlanta.