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Knicks center Willy Hernangomez is seeking a trade out of New York, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, who reports that Hernangomez’s representatives have informed Knicks officials of the trade request in recent days.

After a solid rookie season, Hernangomez has seen his role reduced in 2017/18, and has repeatedly expressed a desire to play more. While there was a belief that the 23-year-old would be satisfied with the Knicks moving one or two of their other centers to clear minutes up front, it now appears that Hernangomez would prefer a trade to a team prepared to give him more of an opportunity right away.

A second-round pick in 2015, Hernangomez signed his first NBA contract in the summer of 2016 and played 72 games (22 starts) during the 2016/17 campaign. He averaged a respectable 8.2 PPG and 7.0 RPG for the Knicks in just 18.4 minutes per contest in his rookie year. This season, however, Enes Kanter and Kyle O’Quinn have been the Knicks’ primary centers, limiting Hernangomez to just 9.2 MPG in 25 contests.

While it remains to be seen where Hernangomez might land if the Knicks decide to grant his reported trade request, Charania hears that several teams have engaged in discussions about the former Real Madrid big man. A report last week suggested that the Spurs and Mavericks were among the teams to express interest in Hernangomez, while a January report linked the Jazz to the young center.

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