Knicks receive Johnny O'Bryant, second-round picks in trade with Hornets

Glen Norman
February 8, 2018

The Knicks have agreed to trade the second-year center Willy Hernangomez to the Charlotte Hornets for two future second-round picks and the little-used forward Johnny O'Bryant, according to two people with knowledge of the pending deal. Michael Scotto of The Athletic reported that both of those draft picks are unprotected.

Hernangomez is in the second year of a four-year, $5.86 million deal. However, Hernangomez had fallen out of the rotation this season despite being called a building block last summer by Knicks management.

Hernangomez had requested a trade from the Knicks earlier this week, although he made it clear that he loved NY and playing next to Kristaps Porzingis, who is a close friend. He is guaranteed $1.54 million in 2018-19 and a trigger date worth $1.7 million in 2019-20. Bobby Marks fully detailed the salary cap ramifications of this trade.


Hernangomez averages just 4.3 points and 2.6 rebounds in nine minutes per game this season, but his development has been somewhat stunted by the Knicks' focus on budding superstar Kristaps Porzingis.

New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez didn't waste time in expressing his desire for a trade out of the organization this week as the deadline approaches.

Charlotte chose to buy-low on the promising Spaniard.


Hernangomez requested a trade earlier this week due to frustrations over a lack of playing time. Just a awful move.

O'Bryant, 24, has played sparingly with the Hornets and is joining his fourth team in three years. He averaged 4.7 points and 2.6 rebounds in 10.3 minutes per game in 40 total appearances with the Hornets. With AP Photos.The New York Knicks have traded center Willy Hernangomez to the Charlotte Hornets. 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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