San Antonio Spurs: Rumored target Willy Hernangomez traded to Hornets
By Rob Wolkenbrod
Willy Hernangomez, who was traded to be a trade target of the San Antonio Spurs, went to the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday.
On Wednesday afternoon, rumored San Antonio Spurs target Willy Hernangomez was traded by the New York Knicks, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. Hernangomez will go to the Charlotte Hornets for center Johnny O’Bryant and second-round picks in 2020 and 2021.
This trade comes days after the Spanish center requested a move or more playing time from the Knicks. It’s also less than 24 hours after the team lost All-Star Kristaps Porzingis to a torn ACL, so the team’s frontcourt took multiple hits, even with O’Bryant’s arrival as potential depth off the bench.
For the Spurs, with Joffrey Lauvergne as the lone backup center to LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol, another big body could have been used. That can still be the case before Thursday’s NBA Trade Deadline, but it removes the lone big man the Silver and Black were linked to in the rumor mill.
Story on Charlotte acquiring second-year Knicks center Willy Hernangomez, who was member of first-team All-Rookie last season: https://t.co/NEE8tSj8rZ
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 7, 2018
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There were also ties to Stanley Johnson of the Detroit Pistons. However, after Avery Bradley and Tobias Harris left in the Blake Griffin trade, it’s possible Johnson does not move, in order to keep depth at the wing for the team from the Motor City.
It’s potentially shaping up to be another quiet deadline for the Spurs, who sit in third place in the Western Conference. Just over 24 hours remain before the 3:00 p.m. ET cutoff, so something can still happen. Given the lack of deadline-day deals in franchise history, though, it may be wise to suspect nothing will happen.
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Will San Antonio pull off a trade to shake up its roster for the final stretch of the season? Do they need to make a move before the deadline? Or wait for players to return from injury?