There isn’t any extra ambiguity or anonymity surrounding Willy Hernangomez’s desire: he needs out and Tuesday he positioned stress on the franchise to make that occur by the commerce deadline.
“All I can say is that I wish to be someplace the place I can have minutes, the place I can play and the place I can hold creating,” the middle mentioned. “To have the ability to do this in New York could be superb, all people is aware of I really like town, I really like the followers. I really like taking part in with KP. However proper now it isn’t taking place. So the one factor I actually need is to search out the easiest way for my future earlier than Thursday.”
Hernangomez, 23, was booted from the rotation in the beginning of the season and racked up 29 DNPs within the first 54 video games earlier than Tuesday in opposition to the Bucks. The Knicks have been listening however their request for a first-round choose in return has so far confirmed a prohibitive price for potential commerce companions.
The Jazz are among the many groups to inquire about Hernangomez, a supply informed the Every day Information.
Whereas Hernangomez made his commerce request public Tuesday, his brokers had beforehand made all this identified to New York’s entrance workplace. The Spaniard, who was a First Workforce All-Rookie choice final yr, misplaced his rotation spot in coaching camp to Enes Kanter and likewise performs behind Kyle O’Quinn.
Kanter’s acquisition over the summer season made Hernangomez redundant in some ways, for the reason that facilities carry related strengths (scoring, rebounding) and weaknesses (protection). Hernangomez averaged simply 9.2 minutes by means of his 25 appearances with four.four factors and a pair of.6 rebounds.
“When you’re younger, all people needs to play,” Hernangomez mentioned. “The one approach to be higher and enhance is taking part in by means of errors and find out about these errors so you do not do it the subsequent time. I am doing my greatest job on daily basis. No matter causes, these issues I am unable to management. You are going to need to ask one other individual. I am doing every part I can, 120 p.c on daily basis to do no matter I can management.”
A potential resolution to liberating up time for Hernangomez is dealing O’Quinn. However the Knicks additionally worth O’Quinn’s contributions on protection and within the locker room. They’re in opposition to making a lopsided deal simply to get Hernangomez on the courtroom.
The logjam at middle already prompted Joakim Noah’s banishment following a dispute with Jeff Hornacek. On Tuesday, Hernangomez — who was designated by president Steve Mills earlier than the season as a franchise cornerstone — was speaking about his Knicks profession previously tense.
“I like to play right here. These two years have been superb. However like I mentioned, I hope we are able to discover the easiest way for my future, for the franchise’s future, so we each could be comfortable. And hopefully we are able to do this earlier than (the commerce deadline),” he mentioned.