Josh Hart in New York: Portland officially begins rebuilding

The Portland Trail Blazers are moving on as the trade deadline approaches, with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reporting that the team is sending guard Josh Hart to the New York Knicks.

In a tweet, Wojnarowski stated that the Blazers will acquire Cam Reddish and a protected first-round pick in exchange for Josh Hart. Also included in the package the Blazers will receive from the Knicks in this deal are Ryan Arcidiacono and Svi Mykhailiuk.

There is potential for Josh Hart to have an expanded role with the Knicks, but that will also depend on how well he adapts in the Big Apple and how quickly he becomes familiar with his new surroundings. If anything, the presence of Jalen Brunson should help Hart acclimate to New York right away.

Brunson and Hart go way back, as they played together as part of those powerful Villanova Wildcats teams a few years ago. Together they won a national title at Villanova in 2016 under coach Jay Wright. Hart would join the NBA the following year, while Brunson stayed for two more years at Villanova and won another title with the Wildcats in 2018.

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