The Knicks shook things up a bit this afternoon, making a trade with the Kings that netted them Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw. The Knicks have been looking to 2014/15 and beyond as opportunities to gain cap relief and bring in fresh talent, but the trade won’t move the needle in that regard. New York didn’t send out any salary from next season as part of the deal. Here’s more from the Big Apple:
- In a call with reporters including Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com, GM Steve Mills said New York was comfortable parting with Jeremy Tyler thanks to their frontcourt depth, and reiterated that they viewed their shooting guard talent as redundant, making way for Wayne Ellington‘s departure. “We were clearly heavier at (shooting guard) and needed to strengthen our situation at (small forward). So this clearly helps us there,” Mills said.
- Mills wouldn’t rule out further moves, saying, “I think we’re always looking at ways to improve the team and we’ll continue to look at opportunities to enhance our ability to be successful.”
- Chris Herring of The Wall Street Journal says that the Knicks are “clearly not done” making moves after today’s trade (on Twitter).
- Marc Berman of the New York Post suggests that the move shows the Knicks are happy to bring along second-round pick Cleanthony Early slowly, as Acy and Outlaw will add small forward depth to the roster (on Twitter). Berman also thinks Early will spend time in the D-League this year.
- In a subscription-only piece, ESPN Insider Kevin Pelton grades the trade a C for New York and a B for Sacramento.