Reports: Knicks trade C Hernangomez to Hornets

Field Level Media/Reuters

Posted at Feb 08 2018 09:59 AM

Willy Hernangomez (14) of the New York Knicks shoots the ball against the Denver Nuggets on January 25, 2018 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. Garrett Ellwood, NBAE via Getty Images/AFP

The New York Knicks agreed to trade center Willy Hernangomez to the Charlotte Hornets, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

Charlotte is sending forward Johnny O'Bryant and its own 2020 and 2021 second-round draft picks to the Knicks.

Hernangomez, 23, is averaging 4.3 points and 2.6 rebounds in nine minutes per game. Last season he played 18.4 minutes per game and averaged 8.2 points and 7.0 rebounds.

The 6-foot-11 Spaniard, who was taken in the second round of the 2015 draft by the Philadelphia 76ers and traded the same day to the Knicks, has two years remaining on the four-year rookie contract he signed in 2016. He is guaranteed $1.54 million in 2018-19 and a trigger date worth $1.7 million in 2019-20.

The Knicks lost All-Star big man Kristaps Porzingis on Tuesday night when he went down with a torn ACL in his left knee as the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Knicks 103-89 at Madison Square Garden.

The 6-9 O'Bryant is averaging 4.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 10.5 minutes per game this season. His contract is done after this season.

O'Bryant, 24, was a second-round draft pick by Milwaukee in 2014 and has played parts of four seasons with the Bucks, Denver Nuggets and Hornets, averaging 3.5 career points and 2.4 rebounds.

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