The scuffling Knicks are in need of a boost to stop their three-game losing streak, and they could get one soon in the form of their newest trade acquisition.
Head coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters on Saturday that Cam Reddish, acquired from the Hawks earlier this month, is “getting closer” to a return and is “100 percent healthy” from the ankle sprain that has kept him from making his Knicks debut.
“We’ll see where he is [Sunday],” Thibodeau said via The Athletic.
On Thursday, Thibodeau said that Reddish could be in play for Sunday afternoon’s game against the Clippers at MSG.
“He’s moving around pretty good,” Thibodeau said before Thursday’s loss to the Pelicans. “Should be any day now.”
Reddish, the former 10th overall pick, hasn’t played since Jan. 9, when he played just over three minutes before reaggravating the ankle injury that has kept him off the floor in six of the last nine games. He was listed as questionable in his last game as a Hawk, on Jan. 12 against the Heat, but didn’t play.
Reddish is averaging 11.9 points per game while shooting 40.2 percent from the floor and 37.9 percent from downtown this season. Reddish doesn't have a clear spot in New York's rotation, even with the Knicks recent struggles, which Thibodeau reiterated on Saturday.
So if Reddish is ready to go on Sunday, it still might not mean playing time.
"We have a rotation," Thibodeau said. "So he has to be patient and work his way through that."
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