Published: Thu, February 08, 2018

Charlotte Hornets acquire Willy Hernangomez from the New York Knicks

Charlotte Hornets acquire Willy Hernangomez from the New York Knicks

The Knicks traded Hernangomez to the Hornets on Wednesday in a deal that brings back second-round picks in the 2020 and 2021 drafts, plus forward Johnny O'Bryant.

Hernangomez had requested a trade, but this move not only appeases him but shaves off $1.5 million from the Knicks' cap for next season. He is only owed $1.4 million this year, $1.5 million next season and his $1.7 million salary for the 2019-20 season is non-guaranteed. The will receive a pair of second-round picks and Johnny O'Bryant in the deal that was agreed to the day before the National Basketball Association trade deadline.

O'Bryant, 24, was a second-round draft pick by Milwaukee in 2014 and has played parts of four seasons with the Bucks, Denver Nuggets and Hornets, averaging 3.5 career points and 2.4 rebounds. In 36 games this season, the native of Cleveland, MS is averaging 4.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 10.5 minutes a night.

The Knicks are now expected to explore trading both point guard Jarrett Jack and center Kyle O'Quinn.

Charlotte made a decision to buy-low on the promising Spaniard.

Despite his close friendship with Porzingis, Hernangomez, 23, has been hoping to be dealt to a new team after struggling to earn playing time with the Knicks this season. The injury to Kristaps Porzingis may have opened up some time for Hernangomez in NY, but it seems that the bridge was already burned. Just a bad move.

As for O'Bryant, he's joined the Hornets mid-season previous year on a 10-day contract. He is set to join an already crowded Charlotte frontcourt, featuring the likes of Dwight Howard and Cody Zeller. It will be interesting to see how head coach Steve Clifford fits him into the rotation but Charlotte got a quality big.

Jack is averaging 7.7 points and 6.1 assists per game, while O'Quinn is averaging 6.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.

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