NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Knicks acquired forwards Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw from the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday for guard Wayne Ellington and forward Jeremy Tyler.
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Knicks general manager Steve Mills said the deal helped better balance New York’s roster, which was heavier at shooting guard but not deep at small forward behind Carmelo Anthony.
“Phil (Jackson) and I have been looking at our roster since we made the Dallas trade, and one of our goals was to find ways to balance the roster out,” Mills said in a conference call, adding that the trade would “provide depth throughout all the positions.”
The 6-foot-9 Outlaw has career averages of 8.5 points and 3.2 rebounds in 622 games in 11 seasons with Portland, the Los Angeles Clippers, New Jersey and Sacramento. Last season for the Kings, he averaged 5.4 points and 2.7 rebounds in 63 games.
The 6-7 Acy averaged 3.1 points and 3.2 rebounds in 92 games in two seasons with Toronto and Sacramento. Last season, he averaged 2.7 points and 3.4 rebounds in 63 games for the Raptors and Kings.
“I just think he adds a level of energy that we think is missing when we look across the roster, and we think he can be helpful there,” Mills said.READ MORE: NYPD: Good Samaritan Killed, 3 Hurt In Stabbing Linked To Illegal Brooklyn Gambling Den
“With Travis, he’s a veteran, which we like. He can shoot the 3-ball, he’s long and athletic, and we know he’s a guy that has the capabilities to play behind Melo.”
Ellington has played five NBA seasons with Minnesota, Memphis, Cleveland and Dallas, averaging 6.4 points in 312 games. The 6-4 guard was acquired by the Knicks from Dallas on June 25.
Tyler has averaged 3.6 points and 2.6 rebounds in 104 games with Golden State, Atlanta and New York. The 6-10 forward averaged 3.6 points and 2.7 rebounds in 41 games for the Knicks last season.
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