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.
The Knicks don’t necessarily have to trade Hernangomez to appease him. They could clear a rotation spot for him in New York by dealing Enes Kanter or, more likely, Kyle O'Quinn.
The 23-year-old Hernangomez, who made the All-Rookie first team last season, is four years younger than O’Quinn. Hernangomez is locked up for the next two seasons at the minimum (unguaranteed in 2018-19). O’Quinn, who has a $4,256,250 player option for next season. On a team professing to be rebuilding, Hernangomez should be the priority.
That said, it matters what each player would return in a trade. The Knicks shouldn’t pick between their centers in a vacuum.
But, by now, they should have an idea of the market. This situation has been brewing all season. It shouldn’t take a specific trade request from Hernangomez for New York to act.
Donovan Mitchell to replace Aaron Gordon in dunk contest
Gordon was the most accomplished competitor slated for this year’s dunk contest. He went toe-to-toe with Zach LaVine in a great dunk contest a couple years ago, though Gordon fizzled as favorite last year. Unfortunately for him, he won’t get redemption this year.
Next up? Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell is the people’s pick and probably the most likely actual selection. The high-flying guard is turning heads in a hurry.
The Magic, intentionally or not, are in tank mode at this point. Gordon missing a couple more games will barely cause a ripple on the court, though this could affect his trade stock ahead of Thursday’s deadline.
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