The Knicks now have two centers who want nothing to do with their team.
Yahoo Sports reports that the representatives of promising big man Willy Hernangomez have asked the Knicks to trade him before Thursdays deadline. The Spaniard after a promising rookie season has been relegated to the bench with the emergence of Enes Kanter and the solid play of Kyle OQuinn. Prior to the Carmelo Anthony trade that brought Kanter to New York, the Knicks had touted Hernangomez as a core piece of their future.
The Post reported last month that Hernangomez was their most attractive piece to potential NBA suitors, though its unclear what an exact return would look like. Several teams have had talks with the Knicks about a deal as Hernangomez will only make $3.1 million over the next two seasons. The Knicks could potentially another one of their centers to free up the playing time the 23-year-old seeks.
Joakim Noah, the fourth center in the Knicks rotation, is currently in exile until at least after the trade deadline following an altercation with coach Jeff Hornacek. That, too, was prompted by a lack of playing time.
Hernangomez has played in 25 of the Knicks 54 games and is averaging 4.4 points and 2.6 rebounds.