NBA exec believes Knicks’ Allonzo Trier, Wayne Ellington could fetch future 2nd-rounder
The New York Knicks might have some assets to offer opposing teams as the February deadline approaches.
Marcus Morris has already been involved in trade talks and one NBA executive even believes that certain players mostly out of the rotation–such as Allonzo Trier and Wayne Ellington–could each be worth something close to a future second-round pick (via Marc Berman of the New York Post):
According to an NBA executive, the two shooting guards mostly on the outs in the Knicks’ rotation, Allonzo Trier and Wayne Ellington, have value and perhaps could net a distant-future second-rounder. Ellington surprisingly played five minutes at Phoenix, perhaps as a showcase.
Trier began the year as a starter under former head coach David Fizdale. But he quickly found himself in a bench role, and has since played in just 16 games this season.
The second-year combo guard out of Arizona is putting up respectable numbers. Trier is averaging 7.1 points in just over 12 minutes per game. He’s also shooting over 41 percent from deep on 2.3 attempts per game. He might prove more valuable if he cuts down on the turnovers and is more efficient as a point man.
Ellington had been coming off two of the more productive years of his career before signing with the Knicks this past summer. But he has barely seen more playing time than Trier. The veteran shooting guard is shooting just 30 percent from beyond the arc. Furthermore, he is not much of a playmaker with the ball in his hands.
The Knicks might be trying to fetch a slight return and cap relief in exchange for future second rounders, especially since Trier and Ellington are hardly playing.