The New York Knicks have traded guard Wane Ellington and forward Jeremy Tyler (sad, I know) to the Sacramento Kings for forwards Quincy Acy and Trevis Outlaw.
Who are they?
Well, Travis Outlaw is a veteran forward, who will bring veteran leadership and be a solid back-up for Carmelo Anthony, taking the weight off of rookie Cleanthony Early’s shoulders in the beginning of the season. He averages 8.5 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. According to Steve Mills, Knicks General Manager, this is what they expect from him:
“We were clearly heavier at (shooting guard) and needed to strengthen our situation at (small forward). So this clearly helps us there.
We really like Cleanthony, obviously, but he is a rookie and we wanted to make sure that we had some veteran help at that position as well.”
So yes, adding depth and taking the weight off the rookie’s shoulders. Not much else there.
Quincy Acy on the other hand is the steal of the trade here. No, he is not going to crack the starting lineup. No, he will not be the premier back up for any position, but he does have the ability to play the 2-3-4 position, is a great defender and his energy is off the roof.
During the NBA Summer League he demonstrated what kind of energy the Knicks can expect from him, being the go-to guy on blow out games and when the atmosphere is turning gray. Much like Thanasis Antetokounmpo, he is an important locker room piece, to get everyone going on shady days.
Like it or not, it’s done. Phil Jackson doesn’t seem to like the status quo and is doing everything he can to better adjust the roster to his liking. Let’s hope this will work for the best in the end.
Check out Acy doing his thing on the court!