Knicks C Willy Hernangomez had his wish granted as he was traded to the Hornets on Wednesday.
In return for Hernangomez, the Knicks will receive PF Johnny O'Bryant and second-round picks in 2020 and 2021, the team announced.
"We thank Willy for all of his contributions to the New York Knicks organization and wish him the best moving forward," Knicks GM Scott Perry said in a statement. "This trade adds valuable draft picks, better positioning this team as we build toward the future."
Perry said later on Wednesday that the team will be waiving O'Bryant.
It was reported earlier this week that Hernangomez' reps went to the Knicks, saying he was unhappy and requested a trade. Since then, multiple teams have discussed trades with the Knicks, who were looking for a first-round pick in return. The Jazz were among the teams involved in trade talks.
The second-year center, who made the All-Rookie first team last season, has averaged just 9.2 minutes per game in just 26 games this season.
"All I can say is that I want to be somewhere where I can have minutes, where I can play and where I can keep developing," the center told NY Daily News on Tuesday. "To be able to do that in New York would be amazing, everybody knows I love the city, I love the fans. I love playing with KP. But right now it's not happening. So the only thing I really want is to find the best way for my future before Thursday."
O'Bryant was a second-round pick by the Bucks back in 2014 after coming out of LSU. He spent two seasons there before shipping out to Denver to play with the Nuggets in 2016. After playing just seven games with the Nuggets, he went to the Hornets that same season.
This season, O'Bryant is averaging 4.8 points in 10.5 minutes over 36 games this season. O'Bryant's two-year contract with the Hornets is up at the end of this season, where he will become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.
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It seems like the world is coming down on the Knicks right now. They find out last night that Kristaps Porzingis has a torn ACL and is out for the season -- and likely the first half of next season. Now, with Porzingis gone and with Joakim Noah's future on the team in question, the Knicks make Hernangomez happy and trade him.
Instead of giving him the chance to play now with Porzingis out, they decide to trade him for almost nothing. What an awful decision here by the Knicks.
O'Bryant is an expiring contract. Essentially, the Knicks traded Hernangomez, who was on the All-Rookie team last season, for a 2020 and 2021 second-round draft pick. Good luck finding an All-Rookie in the second round again.
The Knicks could not have butchered this any worse than they did. Jeff Hornacek decided to never play Hernangomez, which made him request a trade, and now, they got so little in return for him. The Knicks just gave up on a 23-year-old who is making less than $2 million a season through 2020. What an absolute disaster.
Hernangomez isn't the second coming of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, but he's so young. We haven't been able to see him play enough, and for so cheap, it's infuriating to give him up for a bad player with an expiring contract, and not even a first round pick. Now, the Knicks are left without their franchise player, and without one of their backup centers.
It's mind-boggling trying to wrap your head around it, and we could still see Kyle O'Quinn get traded too. The Knicks might hold open tryouts to backup Enes Kanter soon...