Representatives for New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez requested for him to be traded ahead of Thursday’s deadline, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Hernangomez’s representatives informed Knicks officials of the trade request in recent days, league sources said, seeking a team in which he can continue his development as a young NBA center. Hernangomez, 23, has fallen out of the Knicks’ rotation this season, playing in just 25 of the team’s 54 games and averaging 4.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 9.2 minutes.
“My situation is like this,” Hernangomez told Al Iannazzone of Newsday. “I’ve been really patient. I’m working hard every day. I try to be ready for when my opportunity comes. But I’m ready for anything that comes. I just want to play. I love New York, I love my teammates. But I need to play. I love basketball so much. I need to play.”
He added: “In the summer, I heard I’m going to be part of the future. Now whatever happens, I’m ready.”
The New York Knicks have a weird rotation. Young players like Frank Ntilikina and Willy Hernangomez can barely get playing time over guys like Jarrett Jack and Kyle O’Quinn who are fine role players but they are veterans that do not add wins to this team. Playing them over young talent when you’re losing every game regardless is a wild decision by head coach Jeff Hornacek.
Having said that, every time Hernangomez steps onto the court, he looks like he has never played basketball before. What is Hernangomez good at? There were a lot of comparisons to Marc Gasol and I’m pretty sure the only reason that comparison is made is because they are both from Spain. That’s like saying Deshaun Watson is the next Steve McNair because they are both black people.
Willy Hernangomez is probably better offensively than he’s shown thus far. If anything, he’s Enes Kanter. A guy who can put the ball in the bucket when need be but he is nowhere near the rebounder that Kanter is and they both have no idea how to defend the rim.
The problem with trading Hernangomez is that regardless of how poorly he plays, keeping players on their cheap rookie contracts is crucial especially with all of the awful Phil Jackson signings destroying the Knicks salary cap.
The upside to trading Hernangomez is the ability to acquire future assets. Perhaps they can recoup the first round draft pick that they will inevitably have to give away in order to trade Joakim Noah the fuck out of here.
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