It was no secret Hernangomez was seeking a trade (or at least his representatives were), hoping for the chance at more minutes after such a promising rookie season in the Big Apple. Charlotte is sending back Johnny O'Bryant and second-round picks in 2020 and 2021, per Charania.
Hernangomez's representatives recently had informed Knicks officials that he wanted to be traded, seeking a team in which Hernangomez could continue his development as a young National Basketball Association center. 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.
As a rookie, Hernangomez played in 72 games, started in 22, and averaged 8.2 points and 7 rebounds per game.
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Only time will tell if this trade will allow for Noah to rejoin the team as the third center, or if both parties have already grown apart past a point of return.
"We're excited to add a player of Willy's caliber to our team", said Cho. I love playing with KP. He was originally an early-second round selection of the Philadelphia 76ers.
New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez didn't waste time in expressing his desire for a trade out of the organization this week as the deadline approaches.
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 was averaging 4.8 PPG and 2.6 RPG for the team this year.
As for O'Bryant, he's joined the Hornets mid-season a year ago on a 10-day contract.