As the 2022 NBA trade deadline approached, there were a lot of rumors surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers. One of the names the team had serious discussions about was New York Knicks winger Cam Reddish, who had little playing time in New York after being treated there by the Atlanta Hawks.
A three-way deal involving the Knicks and Toronto Raptors that would have brought Reddish and Alec Burks to the Lakers while sending Talen Horton-Tucker to Toronto was reportedly discussed, but ultimately fell through. But apparently the Lakers’ interest remains.
According to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype, the Lakers’ interest in trading for Reddish remains and it’s possible he could be part of a future deal:
The Lakers have also had interest in trading for Knicks forward Cam Reddish, who could also be part of a trade. Last season, the Lakers came close to acquiring Reddish in a blockbuster three-team trade deal between the Lakers, Knicks and Raptors at the time.
Of course, it was recently reported that a blockbuster three-team deal was discussed between the Lakers, Knicks and Utah Jazz. Potentially getting Reddish in such a deal or in a completely separate deal would make a lot of sense for the Lakers because he’s exactly the type of player the team could use.
Although he has yet to quite reach his potential, Reddish has shown flashes of being a top two-way player. Reddish is a player who can create his own shot and be a ground spacer as a catch and shoot option. His 21-point performance in Game 6 of the 2021 Eastern Conference Finals in which he hit 6-of-7 from 3-point range made the world aware of his offensive skills and at 6’8″, he has the ability to hold multiple positions as well.
There is plenty of time this offseason for the Lakers to move on and Reddish is a player they clearly continue to have their eye on.
Lakers, Jazz and Knicks discussed blockbuster three-team deal
After trading Rudy Gobert, rumors immediately began circulating that the Jazz could also move All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell, with the Knicks named as the likeliest destination. At the same time, the Lakers were looking to move point guard Russell Westbrook, and now the three teams could possibly help each other.
It has been reported that the Knicks, Jazz and Lakers have discussed a potential three-team deal. Mitchell would land in New York with Westbrook heading to Utah and likely redeemed. The Lakers would get a few veteran jazz players with Patrick Beverley, Bojan Bogdanovic and Jordan Clarkson being named as possibilities.
The Jazz would also get massive compensation from the project, as that is the main thing they are looking for as they head towards a full rebuild.
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