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Willy Hernangomez: Very happy to be part of the @Charlotte Hornets family! See you soon! 💪🏽 #BuzzCity
Adam Zagoria: Knicks make it official.
Al Iannazzone: Knicks make it official: They have acquired two second-round draft selections (2020 and 2021) and forward Johnny O’Bryant from Charlotte in exchange for center Willy Hernangomez
The New York Knicks are finalizing a deal to send disgruntled center Willy Hernangomez to the Charlotte Hornets and plan to aggressively pursue younger players and picks at the trade deadline in the wake of Kristaps Porzingis’ season-ending injury, league sources told ESPN.
Shams Charania: Sources: Charlotte is sending its own 2020 and 2021 second-rounders to New York in Hernangomez deal.
Bobby Marks: Charlotte will see minor savings this year with the trade of Willy Hernangomez. The Hornets are now $1.9M under the luxury tax with 1 roster spot open. Hernangomez has a cap hit of $1.4M, $1.5M and a non-guaranteed contract of $1.7M in 2019-20. Charlotte now has $118M In guaranteed contracts for next season with 11 players on the roster. The $3M buffer below the luxury tax does not include their own first-round pick in 2018.
Bobby Marks: The Knicks now shave $1.5M off the salary cap next season with the addition of Johnny Bryant. The power forward will be a restricted free agent in July. New York now has $94M in guaranteed contracts in 2018-19 but are over the $101M salary cap based on the $10M Doug McDermott cap hold. The big coup for New York is the 2 future second-round picks for a player in Willy Hernangomez that was out of the rotation.
Shams Charania: New York is finalizing trade to send center Willy Hernangomez to Charlotte, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Those second-rounders may be less necessary if the Knicks deal Kyle O’Quinn for a second-round pick. According to multiple sources, the Knicks likely will deal Willy Hernangomez if they can secure a first-round pick or a promising youngster at a different position.
The Magic aren’t pursuing Hernangomez in a Payton package. According to sources, about a dozen teams have inquired about Hernangomez, including the Nuggets, who already have one Hernangomez in his brother, Juancho.
Marc Berman: Even with KP6 injury and Noah exiled, Hornacek won’t play Hernangomez. Only Knick not to get in entering the fourth quarter. Don’t want to hurt him, perhaps.
Ian Begley: Willy Hernangomez on how Kristaps Porzingis, his close friend, has reacted to his trade request: “He wants the best for me. He really wants to see me play. Whatever happens, he will agree with that. He wants the best for his team, my team, and my future.”
Ian Begley: Willy Hernangomez says he loves being in New York but also wants to play more and develop – whether it’s in New York or elsewhere. He hopes that the organization can figure out what’s best for both parties as the trade deadline approaches.
With the NBA trade deadline three days away, New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez is looking for a bigger role — whether it’s in New York or with another team, league sources familiar with the matter said. For several weeks, Hernangomez’s representatives have expressed frustration to the Knicks over Hernangomez’s reduced role and his lack of development this season, sources said.
More recently, they’ve told the Knicks that they want them to explore a trade that puts Hernangomez in a situation where he can play more and continue to develop, league sources confirmed. More than a dozen teams have expressed interest in Hernangomez and several have made specific offers to the Knicks, according to league sources.
Stefan Bondy: Source confirms Willy Hernangomez’s reps requested a trade. The Knicks’ center logjam predictably produced a huge problem this season.
Al Iannazzone: Source said Hernangomez’s reps didn’t formally ask for a trade. But it was made clear he wants to play, whether it’s with Knicks or another team. newsday.com/sports/basketb…
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.
Several teams have engaged in talks for Hernangomez over the past month, league sources said. The 6-foot-11 Hernangomez, already a close friend of All-Star Kristaps Porzingis, entered the NBA a season ago with the Knicks and blossomed as the season progressed. He averaged 8.2 points, seven rebounds, 1.3 assists and 18.4 minutes in 72 games last season and was a member of the All-Rookie first team. Hernangomez has two years remaining on the four-year rookie contract he signed in 2016: a guaranteed $1.54 million in 2018-19 and a trigger date worth $1.7 million in 2019-20.
Willy Hernangomez isn’t sweating out Thursday’s trade deadline. The Knicks’ second-year center is looking forward to it. Hernangomez, 23, is one of the Knicks receiving the most interest in trade talks. “I’m kind of excited to see what happens,” Hernangomez said.
“My situation is like this,” Hernangomez said, “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.”
Willy Hernangomez: “The character of a man is measured when times are the toughest”. GameDay!!! #WH14 pic.twitter.com/OGN5baMzpV
Knicks center Willy Hernangomez has drawn trade interest from several teams, including the Spurs and Mavericks, league sources told The Athletic.
What about Willy Hernangomez and Kyle O’Quinn? New York has received interest in both bigs but the belief is that the club is not committed to keeping one over the other at the moment. It seems as if it will come down to which player draws an offer that makes the most sense for the Knicks.
Not even young gun Willy Hernangomez, 23, who has received more inquiries than any Knick despite not being in the rotation. Because he’s an old-school center in the new age, some executives doubt the Knicks would even net a first-round pick for Hernangomez. The Knicks love that his salary ($1.5 million, $1.6 million) will remain modest for the next two seasons.
The Knicks have also been weighing options on deals involving possible free agent Kyle O’Quinn, who has a player option this summer. The Knicks have also been fielding offers on forward Willy Hernangomez; there is a sense that both could be moved before the deadline. The question becomes, what’s the return and where do they land?
The Knicks have been kicking the tires on their options at the trade deadline and one of the players more likely moved than not is big man Willy Hernangomez. The prevailing thought around the NBA is that Hernangomez is mostly the guy moved, but that the return may not be nearly that sexy.
Regardless, Willy Hernangomez has received the most attention of New York’s centers from potential trade partners, according to sources. One team to show interest is the Utah Jazz. Hernangomez, like O’Quinn, is on a team-friendly contract. “I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Hernangomez said. “The trade deadline is coming. Like I’ve said a couple times, I’m 23, I’m hungry. I want to play. Whatever happens, I’m ready for it.”
Do the Knicks believe in Willy Hernangomez? It is their biggest question of the trade deadline, because the answer should dictate who stays, who goes and what kind of return to expect when one of their centers is inevitably traded.
It is obvious, at this point, that Jeff Hornacek is not his biggest fan. After Hernangomez’s underwhelming training camp — during which the Spaniard showed up “feeling himself a little too much,” according to a source — Willy Hernangomez fell out of the rotation and has remained there, stuck behind Enes Kanter and Kyle O’Quinn. Then, following a night when Hernangomez was called into greater action against the Warriors because of an injury to O’Quinn, Hornacek — who is normally hyperbolically positive about his players — wasn’t exactly blown away when asked about an encouraging performance that included eight points, five assists and three rebounds in 17 minutes. Put it like this: if Frank Ntilikina managed that stat line, he’d be praised for his greatness potential. With Hernangomez? “He got some minutes there and he did pretty well,” the coach said Tuesday.
While Willy Hernangomez is not getting encouragement through his playing time, the interest from other teams has him feeling more positive about his potential. “I feel good to know that I’m not even playing and a lot of teams are interested in me. That makes you happy, you can see that you did something good and somebody thinks you can be good in this league,” he said. “Like I said, I’m not worried about what’s going to happen in the next couple of weeks. I’m working to be ready for my minutes to come. I’ll be ready. I got a chance to play here, whatever it is.”
Another factor for consideration is that nobody on the Knicks is closer to Kristaps Porzingis than Willy Hernangomez. They were former teammates in Spain and always share neighboring lockers, whether at home or on the road. A trade could damage a relationship with Porzingis that was so fragile he decided to spend the summer isolated from the team. But the oncourt partnership between Porzingis and Hernangomez is already damaged.
Opposing executives believe that the Knicks will move one of their four centers before the deadline. As ESPN first reported, several teams have expressed interest in 23-year-old center Willy Hernangomez. Hernangomez has been largely out of coach Jeff Hornacek’s rotation this season, but teams have interest in the second-year center based on his age, his strong performance last season (8.2 points, 7.0 rebounds in 18 minutes per game) and his contract (two more years at about $1.5 million.)
Teams who have spoken with the Knicks believe they are keeping their options open on O’Quinn and Hernangomez and, like all teams at this time of year, are looking for the best return available for either player.
Willy Hernangomez: “I think there will be a change: I hope for the better, it can’t get worse than this. I would like to stay here, but I don’t close doors to anything. What I want is to play. There’s a few weeks left till the trade deadline and I want to play.”
Willy Hernangomez: “I’ve enjoyed the experience of playing in New York. I love the city, the fans, my teammates…. but I’m 23, I’m ambitious, I’m hungry and want to play. I don’t care where. I’m ready for whatever and working to change this situation and play.”
Young center Willy Hernangomez also remained glued to the bench for his 27th DNP of the season. Beyond the issue of killing a 23-year-old’s confidence, the benching of Hernangomez is problematic because it’s hurting his trade value. The Knicks are listening to offers for both the Spaniard and backup center Kyle O’Quinn. According to a source, Hernangomez is attracting the most attention from other teams but that’s also accompanied with the following question: “Why isn’t he playing?”
Sources close to the situation have been saying for weeks that Hernangómez is growing increasingly frustrated that he doesn’t have much of a role in New York. While Hernangómez loves the team and the city, he wants to play, and his camp has been urging the Knicks to make something happen either way—play him or trade him.
Hernangomez, the 2015 second-round pick, seemed heartened by news other clubs have interest in him. “I feel great to know other teams are interested about me, right?,’’ he said. “My situation is like this right now, not playing much. But I’m ready. I like to be with my teammates. I like to be a part of this team. But I don’t want to [sound] selfish, but I want to play. I’m ready for everything.’’
With the Knicks exploring what to do with their four-center glut by the Feb. 8 trading deadline, NBA sources say the club has entertained more inquiries about Willy Hernangomez than any other player on their roster. The Knicks do not want to give up the 23-year-old Hernangomez — out of the rotation behind starter Enes Kanter and Kyle O’Quinn — unless they get a prime talent in return. So far they haven’t gotten any concrete offers, but teams that have been high on European players in the past have shown the most interest. The Knicks prefer to deal O’Quinn, who likely will opt out of his contract, and they have gotten only mild interest from a few playoff-contending teams who see him as a backup piece.
As the February 8 trade deadline approaches, several teams are interested in Knicks center Willy Hernangomez, per ESPN sources.
The opposing teams who have expressed interest in Hernangomez feel that he has value after his promising rookie season in 2016-17 (8.2 points, 7.0 rebounds per game in 18 minutes). Teams having interest in a player and competing a deal for one are two very different things, of course. But it’s not unreasonable to think Hernangomez could be acquired for the right return.
League sources said Hernangomez still has decent trade value. Noah is untradeable for now because of his $72 million pact. O’Quinn is helping the team win with his grit and probably helping his trade value. One player the Bulls are potentially looking to trade is Nikola Mirotic, who has sparked Chicago’s 8-2 turnaround but is willing to agree to waive his no-trade clause after his ugly fight with teammate Bobby Portis.
According to sources, the Knicks still consider Hernangomez, 23, a part of the future. If this stretch of 16-of-20 games on the road tosses the Knicks out of the playoff picture, they certainly will step up their bid to trade O’Quinn at the deadline and open up playing time for the Spanish center who is Kristaps Porzingis’ best friend.
When asked if he wants to remain here at the trade deadline, Hernangomez said, “I want to play. I want to play. I really want to be here. I love New York. KP is here. But I want to play. “I’m young, it’s my second year. I have to play to get better. I’ve been working really hard every day. Everything I do I is 100 percent.”
“It’s been really hard for me,’’ Hernangomez told The Post before the Knicks’ 92-87 loss to the Bulls on Wednesday. “The only thing I know is I work hard every day and try to be ready when they need me. I’m glad to support teammates on the bench because we’re winning now. But it’s been really hard for me. I’ve played 15 games all season. It’s hard. But I’m working hard to be ready. I don’t like my situation. When I have the chance to be on court I’ll try to use it.’’
“It’s been really hard for me,’’ Hernangomez told The Post before the Knicks faced the Bulls at United Center. “The only thing I know is I work hard every day and try to be ready when they need me. I’m glad to support teammates on the bench because we’re winning now. But it’s been really hard for me. I’ve played 15 games all season. It’s hard. But I’m working hard to be ready. I don’t like my situation. When I have the chance to be on court I’ll try to use it.’’
When asked if he wants to remain with the Knicks at the trade deadline, Hernangomez said, “I want to play. I want to play. I really want to be here. I love New York. KP is here. But I want to play. I’m young, it’s my second year, I have to play to get better. I’ve been working really hard every day. Everything I do is 100 percent.”
Willy Hernangomez: I didn’t expect the start of the season to be like this after what happened last season, being named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. There’s a lot of big men, now Kanter… I hope next week, when Joakim [Noah] comes back, things are clear, and let’s see if there’s any roster movement. They tell me that I have to be calm, that they have faith in me and that I’ll play. But I want to play now.
Would you be open to being traded? Willy Hernangomez: I haven’t thought about it. Both the president and the general manager have told me that they have faith in me and that I’m part of the Knicks’ future, but they have also told me that I have to be patient. I’m being very patient, I’m working a lot and going to practice with a positive attitude.
Sources said the Suns asked for a combo of Ntilikina and Hernangomez. Mills doesn’t want to part with either. Mills said Hornacek did the right thing in making Hernangomez “earn’’ his minutes. “This is part of Willy’s development,’’ Mills said. “He’s a guy who’s going to be with us the next three years and we have a lot of time to work with him, and he’s going to be part of who we are.”
Sources say the Knicks found the Suns’ request of a Ntilikina/Hernangomez package as “ridiculous.’’ Ntilikina, 19, was to miss his second straight game Tuesday against the Celtics with a sprained ankle – his rookie experience marred by injuries so far dating to the summer league in July.
Kyle O’Quinn is a candidate to be traded. Several teams have called the Knicks expressing interest in O’Quinn. New York wants to retain Hernangomez for the foreseeable future despite a lack of playing time early in the season. It’s also worth noting Hernangomez is a close friend of Kristaps Porzingis. Ntilikina is currently the point guard of the future in New York.
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