The New York Knicks traded second-year center Willy Hernangomez to the Charlotte Hornets in return for Johnny O’Bryant and second-round picks in the 2020 and 2021 drafts, according to Yahoo Sports’ Shams Charania.
Hernangomez had recently asked for a trade due to his lack of playing time. After appearing in 72 games last year at 18.4 minutes a night (22 starts), he had not started a game all year and was playing only nine minutes a game.
His frustration seemed to be warranted after making the All-Rookie first team last season with averages of 8.2 points and 7.0 rebounds. Hernangomez showed real flashes as a post scorer and rebounder.
It remains to be seen how the rest of the trade deadline shakes out for the Hornets because they already have three centers getting minutes (Dwight Howard, Cody Zeller, Frank Kaminsky) before adding Hernnagomez to the equation.
The search for more playing time might not be over just yet @Willy.