The New York Knicks have announced today that they have acquired forwards Travis Outlaw and Quincy Acy from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for guard Wayne Ellington and forward Jeremy Tyler. In addition, the Knicks have reduced the protection on the 2016 second-round draft selection from the Kings, via Portland.
New York will play Outlaw $3 million next season, while Acy will be guaranteed $915,000. The Knicks have reportedly been trying to trade Ellington as they currently have a surplus in the backup, with four shooting guards under contract. New York has wanted to trade Ellington so bad that there reports that they were willing to include Pablo Prigioni in order to sweeten the deal. But the Knicks did not have to trade their valuable backup point guard.
Acy, a 6-7 small forward, has played two season in the NBA with the Raports and Bucks. This past season, he averaged 2.7 points and 3.4 rebound over 13.4 minutes in 63 games played. He was originally selected by the Raptors in the second round (37th overall) of the 2012 NBA draft.
Outlaw, a 6-9 forward, holds career averages of 8.5 points and 3.2 rebounds in 11 seasons played. This past season for the Kings, he averaged 5.4 points and 2.7 rebounds over 16.9 minutes in 63 games.
The trade of Tyler is a bit of a surprise considering some of the promise he showed last season. Tyler displayed a very smooth offensive game, and a solid defensive game. That being said, Phil Jackson did not seem willing to wait around for that potential to blossom.