The Knicks acquired forwards Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw from the Kings Wednesday for guard Wayne Ellington and power forward Jeremy Tyler, team president Phil Jackson announced.
"Phil 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," Knicks general manager Steve Mills said in a conference call. "Part of this was to make the roster better balanced and provide depth throughout all the positions."
The 6-7 Acy has career averages of 3.1 points and 3.2 rebounds in 92 games over two seasons with the Raptors and Kings. He averaged 2.7 points and 3.4 rebounds in 63 games for the Raptors and Kings last season.
"Quincy, we watched him and paid attention to him in the summer league," Mills said. "He [is] a high energy player and can play multiple positions. He adds a level of energy we think is missing when we look across the roster."
The 6-9 Outlaw has career averages of 8.5 points and 3.2 rebounds in 622 games (98 starts) over 11 seasons with the Trail Blazers, Clippers, Nets and Kings. He averaged 5.4 points and 2.7 rebounds in 63 games for the Kings last season.
Mills said that while Knicks like rookie forward Cleanthony Early, who was selected with the 34th pick in June's draft, the team wanted to have a veteran to give them another option backing up Carmelo Anthony.
"With Travis, he is a veteran that can shoot the three and he's long and athletic," Mills said. "We know he's a guy who has the capabilities to play behind Melo."
The trade also includes the Knicks removing the protection status (picks 31-37) on a 2016 second-round draft pick used in a 2012 trade with the Trail Blazers that is now owned by the Kings.
Ellington, a guard, was acquired from the Mavericks as part of a six-player trade in late June.
Tyler, a 6-10 big man who was viewed as a project, averaged 3.6 points and 2.7 rebounds in 41 games for the Knicks last season.