Knicks trade rumors have led to another Phil Jackson deal. The New York Knicks and Sacramento Kings have reportedly agreed to a four-player deal involving several reserve players from each side. According to a report from ESPN on Thursday (Aug. 7), Jackson dealt for forwards Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw from the Kings in exchange for forward Jeremy Tyler and guard Wayne Ellington. It's a move to help add depth at the forward position for the 2014-15 NBA season.
With Cole Aldrich, Jason Smith, and Samuel Dalembert already on the roster, the team really didn't need to hold on to Tyler any longer. The same can be said for the deep guard depth the team has, which made Ellington very expendable. The Kings matched up with their needs very nicely and adding Acy and Outlaw will certainly give the Knicks a deeper bench than anticipated. On paper, it also looks like Jackson pulled of a steal with this deal.
Last season, the 23-year-old Acy didn't get much use by the Kinds. He played in 67 games, but average only 13.4 minutes per contest. He can be a high-energy player and caught the eyes of the front office when he played in the 2014 Las Vegas Summer League. It's possible that he will have an improved game next year and that he could work well with J.R. Smith and the high-scoring second unit that the team hopes to produce nightly. As for Outlaw, he averaged 5.4 points in 16.9 minutes last year.
While this isn't the type of trade that will make a lot of waves in the world of fantasy basketball, it certainly shows that players like Samuel Dalembert will get more minutes next year. In really deep leagues, Outlaw and Acy might also be good players to stash on the bench, with the potential they could step in for injured starters. Previous New York Knicks trade rumors indicated the team was looking to improve the bench and this confirms that they have done just that.