Hornets acquire second-year center Willy Hernangomez from Knicks

Hornets gets center from Knicks

Hornets acquire second-year center Willy Hernangomez from Knicks

The will receive a pair of second-round picks and Johnny O'Bryant in the deal that was agreed to the day before the National Basketball Association trade deadline.

Hernangomez played in just 25 games, averaging 4.3 points and 2.6 rebounds as he asked for a trade.

Hernangomez officially made his trade demands known earlier this week.

An NBA All-Rookie First Team selection, Hernangomez was originally selected by Philadelphia with the 35th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft before having his right traded to NY.

Less than 24 hours after learning the news that Kristaps Porzingis had suffered a torn ACL, the New York Knicks fanbase received another punch to the gut.

As a rookie last season, Hernangomez averaged 8.2 points and 7.0 rebounds in 18.4 minutes per game and was named to the N.B.A.'s All-Rookie first team. It's nearly impossible for him to get less run than he had been in NY, so any extra minutes for him will constitute a win.

The 6-9 O'Bryant is averaging 4.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 10.5 minutes per game this season. He is only 23-years old and in the second year of his National Basketball Association career. Milwaukee waived him in 2016, and he signed with the Wizards, who waived him a month later. There's a chance they could attach Kaminsky and a second-round pick to one of their bad contracts to starts shedding salary for the upcoming and ensuing summers. I expected the organization to look to trade players away, especially the older guys after the Porzingis injury.

However, offseason maneuvers ultimately relegated Hernangomez to a small supporting position behind Enes Kanter and Kyle O'Quinn. It will be interesting to see how head coach Steve Clifford fits him into the rotation but Charlotte got a quality big.

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