The Knicks will send Wayne Ellington, Jeremy Tyler and a second-round pick in the 2016 NBA draft to the Kings in exchange for Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw (Amick, August 6).
New York will pay Outlaw $3 million next season, while the Nets owe him $4 million from his deal that was amnestied in 2011. The Knicks have informed Acy they will guarantee his deal for next season. Acy makes $915,000 (Amick, August 6).
New York has reportedly been trying to deal Ellington, who they acquired in the Tyson Chandler/Raymond Felton-for-Jose Calderon swap earlier this offseason.
Per the report, Sacramento will waive Tyler and use the stretch provision of Ellington to help create salary cap relief.
Acy, a 6-foot-7 small forward, averaged 2.7 points per game in 15 minutes per night last season for the Kings.
Keith Schlosser, Lead WriterIf anyone is looking to point a finger at Phil Jackson for making a bad move thus far, he’s making their job incredibly difficult.
Jackson has followed up the Knicks’ offseason trade with the Mavericks by making smaller but savvy moves along the way. This deal with the Kings is no different.
On the surface, turning Ellington, a player who figured to get little to no minutes while donning orange and blue, into anything more productive, is a plus.
While Outlaw has been plagued with injuries and has otherwise underachieved throughout his career, he still represents a guy who can hop off the bench and potentially score double-figures on a given night. He’s a tough player who can help pace New York’s second unit defensively. If healthy, the swingman could really bolster the the team’s depth.
Over his brief Knicks’ tenure, Tyler displayed good defensive instincts and an unique finesse on the offensive end for a player his size. Following a second straight solid showing at NBA Summer League, there’s no doubt he has potential. That said, his slower progression over the last three seasons raises questions surrounding his overall ceiling. Perhaps the Knicks did not want to wait and find out if things will pan out for him.
Taking Tyler’s spot on the roster will be Acy, an absolute bulldog on defense. He’s as intense and as loud as they can, proving to be an intimidating force down low when he fights for rebounds. Ultimately, he’s a role player who can get down and dirty with just about anyone. He’ll be an instant fan-favorite.
Color this as another one in the win column for Jackson & Co. Such a move doesn’t come with a big splash, but it’s a smart one to make, nonetheless.
Sam SpiegelmanI’m not sure what the motive is for this trade, unless Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher think they can get something out of Acy, which nobody in Sacramento was able to do. Outlaw is a veteran to throw into the mix, but also should not be counted on to add much to the Knicks’ rotation.