“WHAT A STEAL”: NBA Fans React as Knicks Acquire Major Young Star From Atlanta Hawks

Published 01/13/2022, 12:29 PM EST
May 30, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau (left) and Julius Randle (30) react after Randle fouled out of the game against the Atlanta Hawks during the second half in game four in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports


As teams continue to patch up their weaknesses, the New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks have made a huge move. In a deal that has taken NBA Twitter by storm, a couple of youngsters and an experienced campaigner have swapped franchises. But as the popular opinion goes, fans have said that the Knicks have come out of it for the better.

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Neither New York nor Atlanta have made inroads in the 2021-22 season. Sitting outside the top-10 in the Eastern Conference, it will take a monumental effort for either of them to make the playoffs. However, some smart businesses could be the first step towards recovery. While 23-year-old Trae Young has been the marquee player for the Hawks, New York has been heavily reliant on Julius Randle. But now, reinforcements have arrived.

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NBA Twitter goes wild as New York Knicks and Hawks confirm major swap

Atlanta’s 22-year-old #22, Cam Reddish, has been the rookie revelation this year. He has averaged a tad under 12 points, with some crucial cameos off the bench. However, the guard-forward is now set to leave the men in red and black.

According to the reliable Adrian Wojnarowski, the Hawks are trading Reddish to the Knicks. In addition, Tom Thibodeau and co. have also acquired 30-year-old Solomon Hill and a 2025 2nd Round pick via Brooklyn. In exchange, New York is sending out young Kevin Knox to Atlanta, via trade.

There was no shortage of reactions from fans on social media. Both Knicks and Hawks fans had their say. Interestingly, a vast majority appeared to be in favor of the view that it was the Knicks who benefited more out of the deal. While one fan commented, “WHAT A STEAL,” several others also had their say. Take a look.

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Which of the two franchises do you think is happier after this deal? Comment below.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is an NBA and Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, soccer and table tennis. Sankalp idolises Roger Federer and Stephen Curry, and has an inherent love for statistics.

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