The New York Knicks, as expected, continue to make minor adjustments and tweaks to their roster. On Wednesday, the Knickerbockers made another minor move by acquiring forwards Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for guard Wayne Ellington and forward Jeremy Tyler. This trade involving some small pieces gives the Knicks a chance to help Acy, an athletic youngster, hone his skills and help the veteran Outlaw find a resurgence in his career.
The fact that Ellington was moved is no surprise, as the team had been reportedly shopping him recently. They just needed to add another piece to the puzzle. This trade helps take off one of the many shooting guards on the Knicks’ roster and adds a couple of players who play the forward position. Acy will be entering his third year in the NBA. He hasn’t shown much as of now, boasting a career average of just 3.1 points and 3.2 rebounds in just 92 career games. He has had some bright moments in his basketball career and could bring some more youth, power and athleticism to the Knicks’ frontcourt.
This four-player swap helped each team land players of fairly similar caliber, all guys not having a major role on their squad the past season. Acy did take advantage of one opportunity during the season when he received a pass from teammate Isaiah Thomas in Washington against the Washington Wizards, turning it into a monster-jam over one of the NBA’s best centers, Marcin Gortat. Acy will come to the Knicks and become their most athletic frontcourt player. I’m not sure if Amar’e Stoudemire can throw down dunks like that anymore, but he could probably teach Acy a thing or two about becoming a threat on the post.
At 6-foot-7, Acy is a little undersized for his position. Despite this disadvantage, Acy showed at Baylor he has a lot of skill on the offensive end. Over his career, he shot 60.2 percent from the field and his last two seasons he averaged 12 points and seven rebounds per game. Even though he averages just over two attempts per game, Acy shoots 50 percent from the field in his brief NBA career. This guy has potential, and with the correct work in New York, maybe he could play some sort of a role off the Knicks’ bench this season.
On paper, the Knicks’ trade with the Kings does not look too flashy. All of the players involved are coming off of seasons in which their contributions were minimal, but a change of scenery can do a lot for a player. A young guy like Acy has the chance to learn along with the Knicks, who are adjusting to a new system and working out a lot of kinks as a team. Everybody should get a chance, and we will have to see if Acy takes advantage.