The New York Knicks acquired a promising young player in a deal with the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday.
The Knicks have acquired Cam Reddish in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports. New York will send Kevin Knox and a 2022 protected first-round pick via the Charlotte Hornets to the Hawks.
Reddish, the 10th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, will reunite with former Duke teammate RJ Barrett. The 6-foot-8 swingman has improved in each of his first three NBA seasons and is averaging 11.9 points per game this year.
Reddish has significantly improved his shooting this season and should give the 21-21 Knicks a big boost in that department. He has converted more than 40 percent of his field goal attempts overall and is shooting 37.9 percent from three-point range. He shot just 36.5 percent from the field and 26.2 percent on three-pointers last season.
The deal seems like a good one for the Knicks. Reddish has plenty of upside and has been hoping for a bigger role. He should have that in New York.
Photo: Feb 5, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Cam Reddish (22) dribbles the ball during pregame before a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Solomon Hill faced a lot of backlash two months ago for the role he played in LeBron James suffering an ankle injury. Los Angeles Lakers players made it clear they were unhappy about the play, and LeBron shares that frustration.
LeBron suffered his sprained ankle when Hill collided with him while diving for a loose ball. James spoke about the injury this week and said he was playing some of the best basketball of his career prior to it. The way he described the play made it obvious he is still bitter about it.
There didn’t appear to be any intent on Hill’s part, but Lakers players were upset. You can see the video of the play here.
You could maybe make the argument that Hill was being reckless, but it seemed like the Atlanta Hawks forward was just scrambling for a loose ball. The injury has been the most significant one of LeBron’s career, though he recently dismissed concerns about.
Solomon Hill issued a statement on Twitter Saturday after receiving negative attention for his play that injured LeBron James.
The Atlanta Hawks forward collided with James during the second quarter of Saturday’s game against the Lakers. Hill rolled into James’ right ankle, causing LeBron to leave the game (video here). James underwent an MRI and has since been determined to have a high ankle sprain.
Hill defended himself and assured everyone that nothing he did was intentional.
Few objective observers would look at the play and think Hill was trying to injure James. However, that didn’t stop some Lakers players from being upset about it.
The collision and contact seemed incidental and not intentional. We’ve seen much worse when it comes to questionable plays.
Los Angeles Lakers players do not seem happy with Solomon Hill over the play that left LeBron James injured on Saturday.
James left Saturday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks in the second quarter with an ankle injury. Hill was going for a loose ball and collided with James. He rolled into James’ right ankle.
Lakers big man Montrezl Harrell indicated Lakers players were not happy with the play.
“We don’t feel like it was one of those basketball-type plays,” Harrell said, via Lakers reporter Kyle Goon.
Harrell also said he hopes the NBA looks into the play.
James has a high ankle sprain, which will put the Lakers in a tough spot. They will be without James and Anthony Davis indefinitely.
The Miami Heat are wheeling and dealing ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline.
The Heat agreed to a deal with the Memphis Grizzlies involving Andre Iguodala, and Iguodala is not the only veteran player that is headed to Miami. The Heat will also get Jae Crowder and Solomon Hill, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski added that Dion Waiters, Justise Winslow and James Johnson are heading to Memphis.
Miami was also trying to acquire Danilo Gallinari as part of a three-team trade involving the Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder. That could still happen, but it does not sound likely.
Crowder is averaging 9.9 points and 6.2 rebounds per game this season, while Hill averaging 5.7 points and 3.0 rebounds. Iguodala has refused to play for Memphis, which recently drew criticism from some of his teammates.
Jae Crowder and Solomon Hill look like they could also be moved by the Memphis Grizzlies, possibly in the trade that sends Andre Iguodala to Miami.
Crowder and Hill were pulled out of the layup line by the Grizzlies prior to the team’s game against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night, with Kyle Anderson getting the start.
Justise Winslow is going to Memphis in the deal, but that is a salary gap of $5 million and puts Miami over the hard cap, so we know there is more to the trade.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski has said the Heat are trying to get Danilo Gallinari from the Thunder in a trade.
A possible deal that would add up financially would include:
– Heat getting Gallinari ($22.6 million) and Iguodala ($17.2 million)
– Thunder getting Hill ($12.7 million), Crowder ($7.8 million), and maybe someone like Derrick Jones Jr. ($1.6 million) and a pick
– Grizzlies getting James Johnson ($15.3 million), Justise Winslow ($13 million) and Dion Waiters ($12.1 million)
We will update with the exact terms when the trade is finalized.
The New Orleans Pelicans are showing just how serious they are about a potential Anthony Davis trade.
New Orleans benched Solomon Hill for Monday night’s game against the Indiana Pacers, having Kenrich Williams start in his place. It wasn’t until the very end of the third quarter that he finally entered the game.
What makes this significant? Hill is one of the pieces involved in a potential trade of Davis.
In New Orleans’ trade discussions with the Los Angeles Lakers, the Pelicans are seeking salary cap relief in addition to young players and future draft picks. A report from the Los Angeles Times says the potential trade would be six Lakers players and two future first-round picks to the Pelicans for Hill and Davis.
Hill is making $12.7 million this season and $13.2 million next season, so unloading him would clear some salary cap space for New Orleans next season. It’s somewhat standard practice to hold out a player (or minimize playing time) who is involved in trade talks; teams want to ensure the players remain healthy because an injury could scuttle a potential deal.
Though the Lakers would plan to waive Hill via the stretch provision, they would be so short on players this season after making such a trade that they would probably need Hill.
If there’s one thing we’ve seen so far in free agency, it’s that teams are unafraid of making big moves. The salary cap is increasing, and that means contracts are getting larger and larger. Players who might not be good enough to make an All-Star team are getting max deals. Role players are signing multi-year, multi-million dollar deals. What this really tells us is that NBA contracts are starting to get more in line with MLB contracts, where your average player can command around $10 million per season.
Although the negotiating period for NBA free agency is still in its early stages, we’ve already seen some huge contracts that will force you to spit up your drink.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the most outrageous contract agreements we have seen so far. Just remember that until a player signs on July 7, these contracts are not yet 100 percent official (we call this the DeAndre Jordan exception).
5) Evan Turner, Trail Blazers – 4 years, $70 million
Evan Turner is a good, versatile player, so we don’t exactly dislike Portland adding him. But Evan Turner making $17.5 million per season is a bit nutty when you consider stars like Jimmy Butler, Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving and Kawhi Leonard all made around the same amount of money last season.
The deal even had Turner admitting it blew him away:
Turner, the former No. 2 overall pick by the 76ers, spent the last two seasons with the Celtics, playing less than he was used to with Philly. He averaged 10.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game, and he’ll likely slide into Portland’s lineup alongside the blossoming backcourt of C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard.
Turner hasn’t always had the best reputation within the locker room, even going so far as to reportedly fight a teammate, so we wonder how he’ll handle a situation where he may end up sharing minutes with Al-Farouq Aminu. Just don’t expect Turner to start becoming an outside shooter, as he very rarely shoots threes (his career 30.5 percent mark likely explains why). The good news is he always has been considered a strong defender and he likes their “tough” identity.
Beyond just the high amounts of money being paid to Turner, the ripple effect of this deal could mean the team does not match an offer sheet for Allen Crabbe. Many feel that when it comes down to it, re-signing Crabbe rather than overpaying for Turner would be a sounder strategy for Portland.
4) Evan Fournier, Magic – 5 years, $85 million
The Indiana Pacers narrowly missed a chance to send Game 5 of their playoff series against the Toronto Raptors to overtime on Tuesday, but Solomon Hill’s 3-pointer came just after the buzzer.
On the Pacers’ last possession of the game, which they trailed 102-99, the ball went over to Hill, who tried a tying three-pointer. He made it, but it was a tenth of a second after the buzzer:
The officials reviewed the play and decided that the shot attempt came after time expired, giving the game to Toronto.