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Report: Knicks agree to trade Wayne Ellington, Jeremy Tyler to Kings for Travis Outlaw, Quincy Acy

Aug 6, 2014, 4:47 PM EDT

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The Knicks have been looking to unload Wayne Ellington for a little while, they have finally found a partner across the country.

And the Knicks got one of the NBA’s best beards in the process.

New York has agreed to send Wayne Ellington, Jeremy Tyler and they will take the restrictions off a second round pick already sent to Sacramento for Travis Outlaw and Quincy Acy, a story broken by Sam Amick of the USA Today.

The Kings are expected to waive Tyler and could use the stretch provision on Ellington, who is owed $2.77 million next season, to improve their salary cap situation. But that final decision has not been made.

First, this trade can’t be made until Aug. 25 because Ellington can’t be packaged in a deal until then.

Second, this could be the first of a couple deals for both sides. It feels like a lateral trade that is more about setting up the next deal.

Third, good on the Knicks for unloading Ellington without having to put Pablo Prigioni in as a sweetener, as had been rumored. They can use Pablo. That said, Prigioni is not yet safe according to Frank Isola of the Daily News.

That said. Acy’s beard may be the best part of this deal for the Knicks. To be fair, Outlaw gives the Knicks get a little depth behind Carmelo Anthony at the three if they don’t want to just rely on rookie Cleanthony Early, but it’s not a huge upgrade. Financially it’s a bit of a wash, save that if New York likes Acy he’s a restricted free agent next year. Acy is a more efficient scorer than Tyler (career .560 true shooting percentage for Acy compared to .471 for Tyler) but they are pretty much the same value on the court. I will say this, Acy plays hard every time out. In the other half of that deal, Ellington has played better in recent years than the seemingly declining Outlaw.

Knicks fans will love Acy. So there’s that. Aside that this is a pretty lateral move unless it is a precursor to another deal.

For the Kings, this seems to be about saving some money.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - Aug 6, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Shrewd move, Phil.

    Outlaw is still being paid by the Nets via their amnesty of him, and the pick involved already belonged to the Kings anyway. We shed salary AND created a roster spot to fill with potentially Murry, Antetokoumpo or someone external.

    • alfiemonstaa - Aug 6, 2014 at 5:19 PM

      BOI STFU

    • spursareold - Aug 6, 2014 at 5:24 PM

      OK, it looks like the Knicks traded two players for two players. Some mention was made of Sacto possibly cutting Tyler, but I fail to see how NY created a roster spot in a 2 for 2 trade.

      • spursareold - Aug 6, 2014 at 5:55 PM

        So, thumbs down, but no explanation? Could someone PLEASE explain to me how this creates a roster spot for NY. Thank You.

      • ecnuob51 - Aug 6, 2014 at 6:44 PM

        the knicks traded 3 players and the kings traded 2..
        3-2=+1

      • Kevin S. - Aug 6, 2014 at 8:23 PM

        Who was the third player? Ellington and Tyler are all the article mentions.

        Also, have fun with Travis Outlol.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Aug 6, 2014 at 8:28 PM

        Smart alecks, but yet so dumb.

        The 2nd Round pick no longer has a restriction attached as a result of the trade.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:41 PM

        You still haven’t explained how the Knicks clear a roster spot.

  2. andreboy1 - Aug 6, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Good and bad. I really like watching Acy play. He’s really easy to root for. But I’m thrilled to see Outlaw go away.

    • duhwighthoward - Aug 6, 2014 at 8:10 PM

      I liked watching Outlaw play. Well, that was three back surgeries ago. No idea how he is now.

  3. onebigredrocket - Aug 6, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    The Kings involved in a trade. Go figure

  4. newyorkfootballjets - Aug 6, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Ellington, tyler and one of our 2nd round picks for 2 kings which clears up one spot

    • Kevin S. - Aug 6, 2014 at 8:26 PM

      You really don’t understand how this works, do you? The Knicks did not trade an already-drafted-second-round-pick-to-be-named-later, they took the restrictions off a second-rounder they already owed the Kings in the future. Said future second-round pick was not currently occupying a roster spot.

  5. newyorkfootballjets - Aug 6, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Just didnt mention the 2nd rounders name

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 6, 2014 at 7:21 PM

      2nd rounders name.

      Mr. Never G. Play

      and the G stands for Gonna

  6. ybizzel - Aug 6, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    They’re still not that good though so…… well the rest of the east isn’t that good either so who knows. They could end up in the finals with all the garbage out there

  7. campcouch - Aug 6, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    My basketball expertise is limited. I’m the guy who by default always becomes the PG because I’m the shortest yet winds up with the most rebounds because the bigs are shooting jumpers. Anyways, my math is so-so,but I see two players being traded for two players (physically) and the restriction lifted off of a previously traded draft slot…so,how are people thinking that the Knicks just freed up a roster spot?

  8. areyesrn - Aug 7, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    he was so good for UNC. thought Ellington would be a better pro…

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