Wayne Ellington’s stay as a New York Knicks’ player turned out to be a very short one as Ellington is on the move before he ever gets to wear the blue and orange.
According to sources, Ellington, along with forward Jeremy Tyler and a 2016 second-round pick have been dealt to the Sacramento Kings for forwards Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw.
As part of the deal, the Knicks agreed to remove the protection (picks 31-37) on the 2016 second-round draft pick they sent to Sacramento in 2013.
Earlier today I looked at the Knicks were aggressively trying to move Ellington and Pablo Prigioni and it looks like the Knicks are still trying to move Prigioni, but Ellington is definitely on his way out the door.
Acy has played two seasons in the NBA with the Toronto Raptors and Kings, averaging 3.1 points and 3.2 rebounds a game. He averaged 2.7 points in 14.0 minutes a game with the Kings last season. The 6’7” forward out of Baylor was an interesting prospect coming out of college but has yet to find his niche in the NBA.
Outlaw is a 12-year veteran who boasts career averages of 8.5 points and 3.2 rebounds and is coming off a season in which he averaged 5.4 points and 2.7 rebounds in just over 16 minutes per game.
Ellington has been in the league for five seasons and the Knicks will miss his perimeter shooting, especially in the triangle offense, but with the crowded backcourt the Knicks have, someone had to go.
It is worth noting that it is being reported that more players are involved in the deal, which hasn’t been officially announced yet.