Since hired, Phil Jackson has made one good move after another. Today he completed another trade. Some will love this move because they'll watch YouTube and see some highlights. However, in Knicks 101's opinion, this was a move better off not being made.
The New York Knicks today said goodbye to veteran Wayne Ellington, whom many thought was a perfect fit in the triangle offense, and promising young big man Jeremy Tyler. They were sent to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Travis Outlaw and Quincy Acy. The Knicks also reduced the protection on a second round draft pick they had originally sent to the Portland Trail Blazers and later acquired by Sacramento.
Here's the problem with this trade. While it probably will lead to an open roster spot for another small forward or a familiar face like Toure Murry, the Knicks sent Sacramento more talent than they received in return. In addition, the 2016 second round draft pick will no longer be protected through the 37th pick.
Ellington isn't a huge loss. He's a veteran who basically offered the Knicks three-point shooting. That's a positive in the triangle offense and many believed he'd fit in well in New York but a 38.6 percent three-point shooter isn't a big loss.
Tyler on the other hand, is another story. Look, is he destined to be a great forward in the NBA? Probably not, most of the real top talented players in the league show up that way. They develop but they show up very talented and with hype. Tyler's hype comes from his jump from high school to overseas.
That being said, he's a young big with a lot of promise and he looked very good in the triangle offense during the Summer League. To trade him when the Knicks simply could have not picked up his option seems a bit foolish when you weren't getting much in return.
To top it off, even if the Kings waive him the Knicks can't sign him again for a year because of a ridiculous stipulation in the new CBA. Basically, he wont be wearing a Knicks uniform this season no matter what. The closest he could get is to be waived and signed to an Erie BayHawks contract.
The draft pick isn't a big deal. It was already traded previously and had a protection through the 37th pick. All they did was take off the protection. They basically washed their hands of the pick. They only would have had it if they had a top seven pick in the second round anyway so it's not a big deal. That being said, if their pick does fall somewhere in that top seven in 2016 Knicks fans will be up in arms about it.
What did they get back? Outlaw, an 11-year veteran, will now play for his fifth NBA franchise. Last season for the Kings, Outlaw averaged 5.4 points and 2.7 rebounds per game while shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc.
He's a very over rated player who has been over paid throughout his career based off his performances in the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons. Some believe he'll be waived. Some believe he'll be a good fit in the triangle.
He is what he is. He's basically a taller version of Ellington. If he sticks around he should be an end of the bench guy.
Acy is all of a sudden every Knicks fans favorite player. One viewing of his dunk over Marcin Gortat and fans proclaim Acy the next Charles Barkley. Not so quick folks.
This will join his third team in as many years. He's is 6'7", 230 pounds. He's too small to play power forward and too slow to play small forward. That's why he hasn't been able to find his niche in the NBA.
Last season with the Toronto Raptors and Kings, Acy averaged only 2.7 points and 3.4 rebounds over just 13.4 minutes per game in 63 appearances. For those thinking the Knicks landed a Reggie Evans type player, dream on. Had the Knicks gotten Evans, who is also on Sacramento's roster, no one would question this trade. They didn't, making this trade questionable.
The positive side of Acy's contract is that the guarantee date was extended to August 15, so if the Knicks decide to they can get out of his $915,243 team option for this season. He also has a $1,181,348 team option for the 2015-16 season. Unless the Knicks keep him and he thrives this season there's no way he'll ever see that second team option picked up.
This trade seems desperate. It appears like Jackson is having a hard time trading Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith so he used the Kings to dump Ellington's contract and get out of the backlash he would have heard from the fans had he waived Tyler.
Instead, for giving up seven selections of protection on a second round pick he gained the ability to waive two players without recourse. In the large picture, this trade probably means very little. However, it seems like the Knicks just sent Ellington away for a lesser skilled three-point shooting replacement and Tyler away for a undersized big with a smaller growth ceiling, and it cost them a pick they may have gotten back.
This is a head scratcher. If this opens up the ability for the Knicks to waive both players and sign Shawn Marion and Andray Blatche or some combination of players like that who could help the team, great. You have to believe this trade was part of a bigger scheme on Jackson's part. If not, and this was a true talent swap, Jackson's judgment has to be called into question on this one. But like always, only time will tell the entire story.
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