Knicks Trade Ed Davis To Wolves For Spellman, Evans, Pick

NOVEMBER 24: The Timberwolves have officially acquired Davis from the Knicks in exchange for Spellman, Evans, and a future draft pick, the team confirmed today in a press release. According to the Wolves, the pick going to the Knicks is Minnesota’s 2026 second-rounder.


NOVEMBER 22: The Knicks will trade big man Ed Davis to the Timberwolves for big man Omari Spellman, shooting guard Jacob Evans and the rights to a future second-round pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN (via Twitter).

Evans and Spellman, sent by the Warriors to Minnesota at the 2020 deadline as part of the D’Angelo RussellAndrew Wiggins deal, will earn a combined $4MM in 2020/21. Davis, meanwhile, is set to make $5MM this season.

Given the added money and the fact that the Timberwolves are surrendering a draft asset in the deal, it looks as if the Wolves like Davis and intend to retain him. At just 31 years old, the athletic journeyman could help spell sharpshooting star center Karl-Anthony Towns.

Davis had career-lows in minutes (10.8 MPG in just 28 games), points (1.8 PPG) and rebounds (3.8 RPG) during his 2019/20 season with the Jazz. Utah agreed to send him to New York earlier this week in a salary-dump deal.

Considering that the Knicks acquired two 2023 second-round draft picks for taking on Davis’ salary originally, it is impressive that the club has now added a third second-round draft pick in moving off his salary.

With these new additions, the Knicks now have 16 players on their roster, aside from their two-way players. Marc Berman of the New York Post has said the Knicks like Spellman, but it’s not clear whether or not Evans will be retained.

Luke Adams contributed to this report.

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22 thoughts on “Knicks Trade Ed Davis To Wolves For Spellman, Evans, Pick

    • KnickerbockerAl

      Not for Davis lol. Loading up with young guys. I like it. The deadline and next yr FA and draft. Is where we will do something big. Be patient it’s a rebuild.

      • Sillivan

        Excluding LA and Giannis

        Only 2 good players are Free Agents
        Oladipo
        Holiday

        Oladipo may have extension

        Knicks can only sign Holiday, average starter

    • Wade Herbers

      a # 1 for DAVIS???? Well..I guess you can try. Think they did quite well for Davis.

  1. hiflew

    “one or both players may eventually be waived, as the priority of the deal was apparently the new draft pick”

    I don’t dispute this at all, but just imagine being one of those two guys and thinking that a team is prioritizing a probable current 14 year old child over you. That will take a lot of air out of the ole bloated ego.

    • Both are going into year 3 of their RSC (it was picked up last year), so either Minn or NYK need to opt of 4th year before the season. That makes them uncontrolled young players – undesirable.

      In Spellman’s case, his classmates at Nova are a few months into his SR year; he has a NC and has made over 5 mm in the NBA in 2.5 years, even if he sits out the year. I think, at least relatively, his ego might still be intact.

      • hiflew

        Ego and money are not the same thing to most people Mr. Trump. You could give me $100 billion dollars, but if people publicly say they prefer a lottery ticket that they won’t even get for four years over me at my job, it’ll still bruise the ego.

        • It’s even worse, because it’s not either/or. Like someone saying publicly that they won’t take you at your job unless they also get the lottery ticket.

  2. Good. I figured we’d be able to flip him at some point; just not a day later. There will be a 1st or two at some point, though for larger sums.

  3. nentwigs

    Timberpuppies were lucky to retain the rights to……..
    “Hardware” Henk Norel. No matter who is in charge at Minny, they have absolutely no clue what to do with 2nd round picks but to trade or give them away.

  4. Ant1485

    The Knicks need a backup center with some offensive skills to complement Mitch defensive skills

  5. Ant1485

    The Knicks need a backup center with some offensive skills to complement Mitch defensive skills ??????

  6. Simmons>Russ

    Solid move by the Knicks if you ask me.

    Ed Davis is a veteran back up centre who gives you like 15 minutes per night, could easily be replaced by lots of others for cheaper too.
    Yet they managed to get back two young players with potential and a second round pick.

    Spellman was a 2018 first round pick, is only 23, won the NCAA in college and in his two seasons in the league has career averages of 7-4-1 in 18 minutes while shooting 37% from deep. That’s Meyers Leonard numbers and the Heat just paid him 10mil per season. Not to say he will amount to much but he has potential.

    Same with Jacob Evans, also only 23, was a first round pick in 2018 and has good potential. His averages aren’t great at all but he’s never really had a huge opportunity or much minutes.

    Either way If your a rebuilding Knicks team I’d definitely rather these two young prospects than a average veteran back up player

    • mcmillankmm

      Agreed Simmons….they got a 2nd plus two young players that could end up as role players for the Knicks or packaged for future draft capital….Davis was just going to clog minutes or the bench from others

  7. masisk33

    I like this for the Wolves. Ed will rebound off the bench at a very high rate if he gets his 15-18mpg.

    Could be a nice pairing with Culver & Okogie off the bench.

    I think Rubio will have a lot of nights off with this squad. Helping Coach Ryan from the bench.

  8. mcmillankmm

    Knicks making a lot of smart moves, adding assets…also ended up with two young players in this deal.

    Would have been nice for them to keep Dotson but glad to see he signed somewhere and will remain in the league.

  9. Luckylefty2

    I’m sorry but Ed davis is just not an nba player anymore. Is only skill(defensive rebounding) is something teams don’t care for anymore. Even tristan Thompson understands this and is slowly changing his game.

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