Why the Indiana Pacers should aggressively pursue Cam Reddish
The Indiana Pacers arguably have one of the less balanced rosters in the league, housing a glut of big men and guards but lacking true forwards. If anything, toning down on this imbalance should be one of their priorities at the trade deadline.
At 6’8. Cam Reddish has more than enough length to immediately make an impact for the Pacers in that regard, as they currently only have one viable and natural forward in Oshae Brissett to match up against talented perimeter-oriented forwards, save for small-ball — and unsustainable — coping mechanisms in the form of Aaron Nesmith, Andrew Nembhard, and even Buddy Hield guarding lankier wings and forwards.
Reddish profiles more as a moving wildcard on offense, possessing uncanny scoring prowess as a potential three-level scorer, and while his defensive showings have been far from noteworthy, he has the physical tools to be serviceable on that end at the least. Alas, with Chris Duarte reportedly available for plucking, his offensive game could easily replenish that if the former skips town.
For the rather menial price of a benchwarmer in Bitadze — who can actually play sparingly for the Knicks given Thibodeau’s coaching niche with big men — and a second-rounder that they have to liquidate anyway, the Indiana Pacers should remain on the hunt for Cam Reddish, and pull all the reasonable buttons to keep them ahead of the pack.