Written by Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)
The New York Knicks completed a trade Wednesday afternoon with the Sacramento Kings, which included four players. The Knicks will send shooting guard Wayne Ellington and big man Jeremy Tyler out west in exchange for forwards Travis Outlaw and Quincy Acy. The Knicks will also be sending a second round pick in 2016 over to the Kings that is protected from 31 through 37.
The Knicks have been looking to balance out their roster all offseason, as they were loaded in the backcourt but lacking in the frontcourt; this trade does accomplish that a bit. The Knicks have three seven-footers on the roster already, so keeping the 6’11” Tyler was a big redundant, making him available in trade. Ellington was going to lose out to the numbers game with the Knicks, as he’s buried behind Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr.
As for the players the Knicks are receiving, both should offer something of use for the Knicks. Outlaw offers a veteran option to use off the bench behind Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks have lacked depth behind Anthony since he came over in the trade with the Denver Nuggets, but now look to have two capable options in Outlaw and second round pick Cleanthony Early.
Outlaw is a player the Knicks have looked into acquiring in the past because they like the versatility he offers. At 6’9” he adds depth at forward and can play the 4 in a small ball lineup. That, combined with his play on defense, makes him a player the Knicks could have a role for.
In Acy, the Knicks are receiving a high-energy guy that the fans at Madison Square Garden should become enamored with right off the bat. His hustle, tough-nosed and defensive mentality is exactly what fans are looking for as he will excite the crowd whenever he is on the court. He is easily comparable to Reggie Evans, as he is willing to do the dirty work that not many other players are.
The Knicks now have 15 players under contract for the season. If they are to make any more roster moves, they could come possibly in the way of releasing a player such as Samuel Dalembert or Acy, as both have team options for this season.