The Knicks acquired a second-round pick along with Omari Spellman and Jacob Evans in a trade sending recently acquired Ed Davis to Minnesota.

The New York Knicks have traded big man Ed Davis to the Minnesota Timberwolves, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. New York acquired Davis and two second-rounders from the Utah Jazz on Thursday.

In exchange for Davis, New York received Omari Spellman, Jacob Evans, and a future second-round draft pick. Both youngsters spent the bulk of last season with the Golden State Warriors before being included in a trade package at the trade deadline, where they were sent to Minnesota along with D’Angelo Russell.

Spellman, the 30th overall pick in the 2018 draft, played in 49 games last season, all with Golden State. The 23-year-old, 6-foot-8 big man averaged 7.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in 18.1 minutes. He attempted 2.2 3-pointers per game, converting on 39.1% of them. Evans, a fellow 23-year-old, was picked 28th overall in the 2017 draft. In 29 games last season, the 6-foot-4 shooting guard only played 14.4 minutes per game and averaged 4.4 points.

This is the second trade New York and Minnesota have made recently. During the 2020 draft, the Timberwolves acquired New York’s 23rd overall pick for pick nos. 25, which the Knicks used to select Kentucky guard Immanuel Quickley, and 33, which was flipped to the Los Angeles Clippers for a 2023 second-rounder.

For next to nothing, New York has added two youngsters and three future draft picks. New York’s roster now sits at sixteen players. The Knicks can have up to 20 players on their roster until the season starts. By that point, New York can only have 15 players (and two players signed to two-way contracts).


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