Willy Hernangomez Rumors

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Willy Hernangomez
Willy Hernangomez
Position: C-F
Born: 05/27/94
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:250 lbs. / 113.4 kg.
Salary: $1,557,250
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.
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.”
4 months ago via FIBA
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.
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.”
Storyline: Kristaps Porzingis Free Agency
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.
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.”
“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.”
Storyline: No. 1 pick
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.”

Storyline: Kristaps Porzingis Injury


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.
2 years ago via ESPN
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.
2 years ago via ESPN

Storyline: Kristaps Porzingis Injury
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.
2 years ago via ESPN
Storyline: Willy Hernangomez Trade
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.

Jazz interested in Willy Hernangomez?

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.”
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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.”
Storyline: Willy Hernangomez Trade
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.
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.’’
Storyline: Knicks Front Office
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.)
2 years ago via ESPN
Storyline: Willy Hernangomez Trade