SACRAMENTO - The Sacramento Kings have traded forwards Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw to the New York Knicks, in exchange for Jeremy Tyler, Wayne Ellington and a 2016 second-round draft pick.
A league source tells News10 that Tyler is expected to be released by Sacramento.
Known for his shooting ability, Elligton comes to Sacramento as a near 42-percent shooter from the floor and almost 39-percent on three-pointers. He's averaged 6.4 points per game in his career, which began in Minnesota in 2009. Since then, he's bounced from Memphis, Cleveland, Dallas and New York, before landing with the Kings.
Today's trade was the second of the offseason for Ellington, who was traded from Dallas to the Knicks in a multiplayer deal in June.
Acy, the 6-foot-7 athletic forward acquired with Rudy Gay and Aaron Gray in a trade with Toronto, averaged 14 minutes per game off of Michael Malone's bench. Known for his tremendous hustle, Acy appeared in 56 games with Sacramento last season, averaging 2.7 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.
After a successful showing in last month's NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Acy demonstrated an improved jumper and the same spark he had become known for. He shot over 53 percent from the floor, averaging 11.3 points per contest and hitting four of eight from beyond the three point line.
Acy reached an agreement with the Kings to delay the deadline to pick up his contract for next season until Aug. 15.
The Kings have been exploring ways to cut salary over the majority of the offseason, as the first year of DeMarcus Cousins' max-contract kicks in, as well as Rudy Gay's remaining year, good for just over $19 million.
Sacramento is still expected to sign former King Omri Casspi, who was released by New Orleans last month. They also recently signed undrafted rookie forward Eric Moreland to a three-year deal, which is not fully guaranteed.
With Casspi on the way and Moreland, the shot-blocking force from Oregon State in the mix, Acy became rather expendable, given a glut of forwards with Thompson, Carl Landry, Derrick Williams and Reggie Evans - all at the same position.
Outlaw spent three seasons in Sacramento where he averaged 5.1 points per game off of the Kings' bench. With Outlaw's departure, only DeMarcus Cousins and Jason Thompson are the existing link to the previous regime of team management and ownership.
Tyler has spent three seasons with Golden State, Atlanta and New York. He's appeared in 104 games, where he's averaged 3.6 points and 2.6 rebounds per contest.
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