Report: More than 12 NBA teams have expressed interest in Willy Hernangomez trade
Willy Hernangomez may not be a household name, and he has only seen limited minutes so far this season for the New York Knicks, but he has become one of the most wanted prospects ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline.
More than 12 teams have apparently expressed interest in trading for the Spanish international center, including some who already made offers to his current team in exchange for his services, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.
“More recently, they’ve told the Knicks that they want them to explore a trade that puts Hernangomez in a situation where he can play more and continue to develop, league sources confirmed. More than a dozen teams have expressed interest in Hernangomez and several have made specific offers to the Knicks, according to league sources.”
It’s no secret that Hernangomez and his representatives have been frustrated with the Knicks for the lack of playing time he’s been receiving, which affects his stock by not being able to showcase his skill set on the court. He played solid basketball last season, earning an All-Rookie Team nod, and averaged 8.2 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 18.4 minutes per game. This year has been a different story though as he has lost his spot in the rotation despite Joakim Noah not being with the team, as head coach Jeff Hornacek has been playing Kyle O’Quinn more off the bench.
It will be interesting to find out which team will ultimately land the coveted prospect and what kind of impact Hernangomez will bring to them. With all the big names included in trade chatters, he could turn out to be an under-the-radar addition that has the potential to become an integral piece for a contender.