Hawks fans everywhere were wondering why prized up-and-coming player Cam Reddish wasn’t on the Summer League roster, and it appears we have our answer:
Hawks CEO Steve Koonin tells @DukesandBell929 this afternoon that Cam Reddish asked to opt out of Summer League: "The way Cam felt coming back from the playoffs, he did not feel rust, and we saw a great performance from the playoffs. So, he asked to opt out, and we said 'great'."
— Mike Conti (@MikeConti929) August 6, 2021
Some of the speculation surrounding Reddish’s absence revolved around trade rumors — perhaps the Hawks were holding him out to use him in a trade. That’s simply just not the case, and Atlanta looks ready to run it back with the team that got them to the Eastern Conference Finals.
I have no problem with Reddish requesting to get some rest, the Hawks just made a deep playoff run, and he worked very hard to return from an achilles injury. He fought back from one of the toughest injuries all of sports, and although there wasn’t a tear, you have to be careful. I’m sure fans were eager to see Reddish in the Summer League, but I’m more focused on him taking a big leap next season. He’ll be doing plenty of work on his own and with the team. His health is more important than anything, so hopefully Cam is 100% to start the 2021-2022 season.
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