Willy Hernangomez RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:250 lbs. / 113.4 kg.
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:250 lbs. / 113.4 kg.
Russia put on a strong third quarter against Spain and recorded a convincing 74-55 win in the last prep game for the two teams in front of the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China. […] Despite the loss, Spain’s Willy Hernangomez stole the spotlight with game-high 26 points while his brother Juancho Hernangomez helped with 12 points. Marc Gasol didn’t play due to stomach problems while Rudy Fernandez rested.
Willy Hernangomez scored a game-high 24 points (10/10 2-pointers, 1/2 3-pointers) and grabbed six rebounds for 32 PIR in just 14:54 minutes, as Spain beat Congo 96 – 64 to conclude the “Malaga Tournament” with three wins in three games.
Ricky Rubio and Guillermo “Willy” Hernangomez are gearing up to represent Spain at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019. Both NBA players are enthusiastic about the upcoming campaign in China, where Spain appear to have received a favorable draw in Group C with Tunisia, Iran and Puerto Rico. Getting to the Quarter-Finals will not be straightforward, however, as Spain – if they claim a top-two finish in that pool – would have to finish in the top two of Second Round Group J, which will also have the top two sides from a Group D consisting of Serbia, Italy, Philippines and Angola. “I’m happy to go with Spain,” Rubio, who played at the 2010 and 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cups, said to Radio Marca. “But I would need the okay of my (NBA) team.”
Ricky Rubio and Willy Hernangomez are getting ready to join the Spanish selection at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019. Per FIBA.basketball, both NBA players are enthusiastic about the upcoming campaign in China, where Spain appears to have received a favorable draw in Group C with Tunisia, Iran, and Puerto Rico. “I’m happy to go with Spain,” Rubio said to Radio Marca. “But I would need the okay of my (NBA) team. It’s also a condition that I’ll have to speak when the team decides because, if it’s true that the final decision (to play for the national team) is ours as players, you don’t want to start badly with your new team”, he added as adapted by FIBA.
Charlotte Hornets center Willy Hernangomez said that doesn’t plan on returning to Europe anytime soon. The former Real Madrid player wants to make the most of his NBA experience and work towards further establishing himself in the league.
“I do not like to talk about it or think about going back to Europe. Now I am focused on taking advantage of every day in the NBA, to continue many years there and grow as a player and person,” Hernangomez said in an interview with Spanish radio station Cope.
There might not be a closer friend to Porzingis in the league than Hernangomez, who spent about 1 ½ seasons with the Knicks before being traded last year to Charlotte. Hernangomez was shocked when he heard Porzingis was dealt. “In the beginning when I saw it I was very surprised, thinking he was the future of the Knicks organization,” Hernangomez told The News. “But you could tell the things for KP it wasn’t working in a good way, in the best way for him.”
Kristaps Porzingis is Charlotte Hornets center Willy Hernangomez’s best friend. Hernangomez loved playing with Porzingis before and wants to play with him again. So Hernangomez has already planted a seed should Porzingis, traded Thursday from the New York Knicks to the Dallas Mavericks, reaches unrestricted free-agency in the summer of 2020. “I will try to get him here. I’m his friend. I would love to play with him (again). I will say, “KP., come here!’” Hernangomez told the Observer Friday. “I’ve already told him; he knows how amazing Charlotte is. If he would come here, we’d sure welcome him. If not, we’ll play against him.”
“I don’t know,” Hernangomez said when asked if he could see Porzingis signing the qualifying offer. “I think for him it’s trying to have a good year, (focusing on) getting back his rhythm. Maybe I could see him signing there, but I will try to get him here.”
Hernangomez is also close with Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic, having played with him in Spain. Doncic, a 19-year-old Slovenian, appears to be a favorite at this point in the season to end up NBA Rookie of the Year. “They are two of my best friends. I was talking to KP one day about the trade (possibilities) and everything while playing (the online video game) Fortnight with Luka,” Hernangomez recalled.
Rick Bonnell: In @Willy Hernangomez first game back in NY against the Knicks, he said he wants to recruit close friend Kristaps Porzingis to the @Charlotte Hornets He said that in a joking manner, but if Porzingis reaches UFA status in summer of 2020, put him to work.
”I think my defense is getting way better,” Hernangomez said Tuesday of what has been his relative weakness at the NBA level. “Really knowing all the coverages (and) knowing all the scouting for the defense. All the coaches have talked to me of late and said I’m doing good things. The offense will come. I know it’s really important to focus on defense, particularly if I start. To lock in.”
“I’m stronger, I’m faster, I’m more mature in how I see basketball,” Hernangomez said. “This is going to be my seventh year (as a pro) with Spain, too. Every year you learn something new. It’s great. They want me to play hard: Set a screen, run the floor, play with energy. And they want me to be Billy.”
Rod Boone: Judging by James Borrego’s pregame comments, sounds like Frank Kaminsky has jumped over Willy Hernangomez at the backup center spot behind Cody Zeller. Borrego plans on riding the hot hand, which at the moment is Kaminsky. Biz is inactive tonight.
Willy Hernangomez: 🦍 Work out done today with my bro @JaimeCasado28 🏋🏽♂️ thanks for your help during all summer! #BeastMode #WH41 #EveryDay #Summer
The Charlotte Hornets’ minicamp and summer-league entry is all about the roster players this July. The new coaching staff is looking to install offensive and defensive systems and create synergy with core players. So there will be extra emphasis on drafted rookies Miles Bridges and Devonte Graham and young veterans Malik Monk, Dwayne Bacon and Willy Hernangomez.
Spaniard Hernangomez, traded to the Hornets last winter, arrived in Charlotte over the weekend for minicamp practices and Las Vegas summer league. He thought it imperative to absorb as much as he could about new coach James Borrego’s system. “To be honest, it was a hard decision to say no to my national team, my country,” Hernangomez told the Observer Monday. “I feel like for me, for my future, it was more important for me to be here with the new coaching staff.”
Rick Bonnell: A bit of summer league news: Per Kupchak, @Willy Hernangomez plans to play in Vegas with the @Charlotte Hornets. In April he indicated he’d instead be with the Spanish National Team.
Willy Hernangomez: It was very special to see my friends again. Thanks New York for always show me love!! 👏🏽 #WH41
“I have a great relationship with Luka”, Willy Hernangomez explains. “He’s almost part of the Hernangómez family. I talk a lot with him and what I try, from my experience, is not to create too many expectations for the time being” The Charlotte Hornets player expects Luka to rank high in the draft, if not be the first overall pick: “For me, he must be among the first, if not the number 1 of the draft.”
Charlotte coach Steve Clifford said Hernangomez has some work to do to make the regular rotation. Before Saturday’s game, he had played only 44 minutes in nine games with the Hornets. He had nine points in 12 minutes Saturday night in the Hornets’ 124-101 loss to the Knicks. “If you were one place and you didn’t play much, I think that you would want to play more in the next place,” Clifford, a former Knicks assistant under Jeff Van Gundy and Don Chaney, told reporters at the morning shootaround. “I would work harder, do more, kill myself, that’s the way I would see it. “Unfortunately, in the world the players live in, they don’t hear that. It’s the organization, it’s the coach, the assistant isn’t working with him right . . . No, come on. The reality is this: He wasn’t playing here for a reason. You know, he’s going to have to change things.”
“He tells you the things that’s going on, the things that he wants to do and wants to improve, the things you have to do if you want to play,” Hernangomez said. “It’s very clear. I really like Steve and he’s a way different [kind] of coach. “Here everybody follows rules — defense, offense, everybody helping each other. It’s not like, maybe in New York it was a little bit free — defense, offense. Here everybody follows rules, everybody helps each other. I was really surprised when I came here to see the difference.”
The center [Willy Hernangomez], who returns to the Garden to face the Knicks on Saturday, is undergoing something of a transformation in Charlotte better-suited for the direction of the pace-and-space NBA. “I can shoot here. You see my warmups for example before games with the Knicks it was just low post and dunks. And here it’s more it’s just pick and pops, shooting 3s, floaters, I feel free to do more stuff,” Hernagomez said during the morning shootaround, with a bright smile and looking genuinely refreshed. “In New York, I was just rolling and playing the post and making passes. Here I can shoot 3s, I really feel great and nobody tells you not to shoot if you miss one shot so I think it’s going to be a great place for me to keep developing and keep improving. And like I said, I’m really excited for my career in Charlotte. It’s a great place. I’m happy.”
Mike Vorkunov: Willy Hernangomez was with Kristaps Porzingis after he tore his ACL last month. “If I’m honest, that night was the worst night of my life.” He recounts that night.
Rick Bonnell: And now @Charlotte Hornets say Cody Zeller is doubtful with more left knee soreness. Cody said recently he was told to expect this sort of post-surgery thing, maybe the rest of the season. So, Willy Hernangomez gets some minutes.
20 Feb 18
Marc Berman: Hernangomez happy to have a center mentor in Charlotte: “It’s great to have Dwight here. I want to learn so much every day. (Sunday) he gave me advice, and he doesn’t know me a lot. I’m very happy to be with one of the best centers in league. I’m going to learn a lot from him.”
Marc Berman: Willy Hernangomez happy to have a center mentor in Charlotte: “It’s great to have Dwight Howard here. I want to learn so much every day. (Sunday) he gave me advice, and he doesn’t know me a lot. I’m very happy to be with one of the best centers in league. I’m going to learn a lot from him.”
07 Feb 18
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.
05 Feb 18
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.
Knicks center Willy Hernangomez would love to be teammates again with Luka Doncic. The question is which NBA jersey either will be wearing next season. The 6-foot-6 Doncic, playing for Real Madrid, is slated as a high lottery pick in June. Hernangomez, who played with Doncic on the Spanish League power in 2015-16 after being traded from Seville, compares him — as others have — to former Nets great Drazen Petrovic.
Luka Doncic is the perfect versatile wing Knicks president Steve Mills craves. The 18-year-old is averaging 15 points in 23 minutes. “I played with him — he’s really a talented guy,’’ Willy Hernangomez said after a rare 18-minute outing in Golden State on Tuesday. “I think people in The States don’t understand how difficult it is to play in European League when you’re 19 years old and playing against 30-year-olds and be the best. Most of the players in college won’t do as well as he is doing in Europe. For him, he’s a top three in the draft this year. He’s my friend. I have a great relationship with him.” “He’s a 2, 3, he can play point guard and he’s really smart, talented,’’ Hernangomez said. “He can shoot. He will really improve because he’s a kid. If you know Petrovic, he was amazing. He’s kind of a player like him. All the European guys in the NBA are excited for him to play here.’’
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.”