While the Knicks may not have the most depth on the wing, they have a logjam in the front court.
Because of the emergence of Enes Kanter and now Michael Beasley (MVP! MVP!), the Knicks are struggling to find minutes for some of their talented big men: Willy Hernangomez and Kyle O’Quinn.
After a breakout rookie season, Hernangomez has fallen out of the rotation and is only averaging 9.5 minutes per game despite showing ability to rebound the basketball and stretch the floor when given the opportunity, O’Quinn is only averaging 16.8 minutes per game.
Because of this both are available on the trade market and reportedly receiving some interest around the league.
Here is a report from the New York Post on Tuesday morning:
“…the Knicks have received more inquiries about Hernangomez than anyone else on their roster” and “a couple of playoff-bound teams have asked about O’Quinn as a rental.”
This makes a lot of sense as O’Quinn could provide some value depth as a role player for a contending team in need of some size and Hernangomez has flashed the potential to be a starter and core piece for a young team in the midst of a rebuild.
I expect both to be dealt in the next month, unless the Knicks decide that Hernangomez is still a part of their long-term plans, which seems less likely with Enes Kanter’s high-level of production this season alongside Kristaps Porzingis.