As first reported by Sam Amick:
The New York Knicks will trade guard Wayne Ellington, forward Jeremy Tyler and a 2016 second-round pick to the Sacramento Kings for forwards Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw, people with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports.
The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet announced. It is believed that there are other pieces in the trade as well.
The Kings are expected to waive Tyler and use the stretch provision on Ellington, giving the Kings salary cap relief.
Well, we’ve heard the whispers the last 20-odd hours that Phil was trying to move a guard or two. There was even talk that they might
burn all of civilization to the ground and then salt the earth so that nothing shall ever grow there again be willing to include St. Pablo of Prigioni.
That (praise Deity) has not come to pass. Otherwise, I’m not sure what to make of this deal. I dig Tyler, but Lord Jared of the House Dubin has a strong counterargument.
@BobSaietta He doesn't rebound, fouls every 4 seconds and can't play D. He's young & new, but not very useful outside bad team/garbage time.
— Jared Dubin (@JADubin5) August 6, 2014
All of those things are true. Travis Outlaw’s downright terrible, but Quincy Acy is super-cool, even when he’s whomping our guys.
I have no idea how mini-Reggie Evans might fit into the frontcourt, but he’s feisty (if seriously undersized) and fun to root for, like Anthony Bonner 2.0.
And why the inclusion of a 2nd Round pick? Given the fact that New York’s taking on salary, why the need to sweeten the pot? That’s weird.
[UPDATE 4:39pm: it's not an additional 2nd Rounder. It's just lifting the restrictions on the 2016 pick from the Knicks that the Kings already had. Okay, that's no big deal at all.]
More importantly, unlike previous regimes, it seems that life in the Zen Garden means that there will be no rumor-laden early warning system about any and all transactions. They just drop into your lap on a random Wednesday afternoon. On the one hand, that’s a good thing. The whispers and gossip and gossip-y whispers that used to precede any and all ‘Bocker deals was generally a harrowing, stomach-lining chewing process. Of course, just finding out that it’s done does force you to perpetually keep your guard up for a cold splash of water like this (relatively minor) move.
All things considered, this is just recycling our unused parts for someone else’s. The one thought I do have about this is that the inclusion of a couple of small forward-y people means (possibly) that starting someone that’s not Melo at PF isn’t written in stone. Mainly, I’m just pleased that Prigs is still around (Knock on every substance that even vaguely resembles wood). Your thoughts?
[UPDATE 5:55pm: Tim Bontemps got some quotes from Steve Mills, who's still slinging that dastardly, "Melo at the 3," line. Gah.]
[UPDATE 6:01pm: I STILL GOT THE FEAR]
Hearing rumblings Knicks may still trade Prigioni. Say it ain't so Phil.
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) August 6, 2014