Knicks Trade Reddish and Draft Capital for Trail Blazers' Hart

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Knicks Trade Cam Reddish and Draft Capital for Trail Blazers’ Josh Hart

Chicago Bulls

The New York Knicks made their first move of the trade deadline on Wednesday night, sending the 23-year-old Cam Reddish and a protected first-rounder to the Portland Trail Blazers.

Portland’s most likely trade candidate – Josh Hart – will head back to the Big Apple, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

While a first-rounder that will most likely convey is a bit of a hefty price for a role player that could hit unrestricted free agency this summer, I still really like this deal for New York. Reddish has been out of the rotation and a non-factor in their 30-26 campaign. Meanwhile, Hart is an experienced contributor who has the kind of 3-and-D skillset that could immediately fit into almost any starting lineup on a contending team. He should only help in New York’s push for a top-6 seed.

What I’m curious to see now is whether or not this is just the start of the trade action for both teams. New York and Portland have been rumored in a handful of other deals, as both look to lock in a playoff bid this season. The Trail Blazers’ pursuit of playoff-caliber talent is especially something the Bulls will want to keep an eye on. Chicago owns their lottery-protected first-round pick, so they will need Portland to crack the postseason for that to land in their pocket.

Speaking of which, below is a post we wrote earlier this week on the potential importance of that first-rounder for the Blazers. With Hart out of the picture – who started 51 games this season – I have to imagine they’ll be in the market for an upgrade of some kind. And that could be great news for the Bulls.

Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.