Knicks Trade Ellington, Tyler in Deal with Kings
The New York Knicks have sent center Jeremy Tyler and recently acquired guard Wayne Ellington to the Sacramento Kings for forwards Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw.
Additionally, New York reduced the protection on the 2016 second-round draft selection that was acquired by Sacramento.
Ellington came to the Knicks in the deal that sent Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to the Dallas Mavericks earlier this season. He averaged just 3.2 points per game last year in 8.7 minutes per game. Ellington has also spent time with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Memphis Grizzlies and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Tyler played strong minutes for the Knicks last year, averaging over nine a game while filling in for a slew of injured big men. He recorded averages of 3.6 points, 0.5 blocks and 2.7 rebounds in 41 games.
In Outlaw, the Knicks were seeking a veteran presence.
“We really like Cleanthony (Early), but he is a rookie, so we wanted to make sure we had some veteran help at that position,” said general manager Steve Mills of Outlaw.
Over a seven-year career, Outlaw has played with the Portland Trailblazers, Los Angeles Clippers and New Jersey Nets in addition to the Kings. He averaged 5.4 PPG and 2.7 total rebounds with Sacramento in 2013-14.
Acy was rather unimpressive last year as well, averaging just 2.7 PPG with the Raptors and Kings. However, Mills insists he will bring some energy to the defense.
“He just adds a lot of energy,” Mills said. “He defends, he can play multiple positions, runs the floor, blocks shots.”
Mills also hinted that more moves are on the horizon as the Knicks continue to shape a playoff contender.
“We’re always looking at ways to improve and we’ll continue to look at opportunities to enhance our ability to be successful,” he said.
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