But given the way in which coach Tom Thibodeau spoke glowingly about Grimes on Friday, maybe it ought to be no shock that the Knicks weren’t keen to half with the rookie.
“I like Grimes. I like Grimes,” Thibodeau stated Friday after observe. “He’s a fierce competitor, can shoot the ball, can guard a number of positions, and he’s solely going to get higher. You take a look at his shot profile, it was nice in school. It’s been nice within the execs. So that’s an necessary a part of successful. Then to see the way in which he guards folks, his competitiveness, that stands out.”
Grimes has performed in 24 video games this season, together with two begins, whereas averaging 4.9 factors and capturing 38.4 p.c from 3-point vary in 13.7 minutes. But the Knicks’ current COVID-19 and harm points have opened the door for him to see extra of a possibility, and he has taken benefit.
In his previous 10 video games — throughout which the Knicks have gone 7-3 — Grimes is averaging 6.7 factors, 2.1 rebounds and one steal in 21.1 minutes.
While Reddish gained’t play instantly due to a sprained ankle, it stays to be seen whether or not his arrival will pressure any individual out of the rotation.
Thibodeau admitted that may possible occur not less than when Kemba Walker and Derrick Rose return from accidents, however did say he preferred how the present rotation was taking part in.
“The group that’s taking part in now’s taking part in nicely,” Thibodeau stated. “So we wish to hold that going.”
Walker, who has missed the previous seven video games with left-knee soreness, is “uncertain” to play in opposition to the Hawks on Saturday, Thibodeau stated.
Before he addressed the acquisition of Reddish, Thibodeau made certain he gave props to Knox, whose disappointing Knicks tenure ended after three-plus seasons.
“Kevin did a very good job for us,” Thibodeau stated. “I’ve nice respect for him and his professionalism, the way in which he dealt with himself and naturally we want him nicely transferring on.”
Asked if he had heard from any former Duke teammates for the reason that Reddish commerce went down — Zion Williamson notably joined them to type a Big 3 for the 2018-2019 Blue Devils — RJ Barrett stated with a smile, “We’ll hold that in-house,” probably eager to keep away from any whiff of tampering.