Published: Tue, February 06, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Willy Hernangomez's reps ask Knicks for trade

Willy Hernangomez's reps ask Knicks for trade

NY fell to 23-31 with Sunday's home loss to Atlanta and is four games out of the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. Management will have to decide if a late push is plausible, or look to the future.

Hernangomez is 23, and he came to the NBA to play basketball.

The Knicks acquired Hernangomez with the No. 35 overall pick in the 2015 National Basketball Association draft out of Spain, where he starred for Real Madrid. Could he be on the move again?

After last season, Hernangomez was widely considered an up-and-comer on the rebuilding Knicks. One of the interested teams is the Utah Jazz, a source told the News. His representatives informed the Knicks of his trade request.

It's somewhat surprising based on preseason expectations that the relationship between NY and Hernangomez has devolved to the point of fractured.

Knicks center Willy Hernangomez has requested to be traded, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. He just wants more playing time, whether that be with the Knicks or another organization via a trade.

The young center had gone from an organizational building block to a bench warmer, and now he could soon be saying goodbye.

As a result, the other teams in the National Basketball Association are trying to take advantage. Hernangomez is behind Enes Kanter and Kyle O'Quinn in the rotation, and "Of course he wishes he could play and we could get him more minutes but I think he understands how we got to this point and that it's very hard to play three guys especially in a league that doesn't play a lot of centers anymore", Hornacek said.

The interest is not surprising. This comes after a strong first season, when he was named to the league's All-Rookie first team and was the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month last April. Hernangomez, 23, has fallen out of the Knicks' rotation this season, playing in just 25 of the team's 54 games and averaging 4.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 9.2 minutes. He did appear in each of the past six games but had double-digit minutes in just two of them.

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