NEW YORK -- The New York Knicks acceded to the trade demands of Rod Strickland Wednesday, dealing the second-year point guard to the San Antonio Spurs for 11-year guard Maurice Cheeks.
Strickland, who has been been used off the bench behind starting guard Mark Jackson, demanded to be traded in frustation over lack of playing time.
He showed up late for practice Monday, further alienating him with the front office. The NBA trading deadline is 9 p.m. EST Thursday.
Strickland had become a crowd favorite at Madison Square Garden as Jackson struggled early in the season. Though the two had shared some playing time, neither was happy with sharing point guard duties.
Strickland, 23, was averaging 8.4 points and 4.3 assists per game. He averaged 20 minutes per game.
Cheeks, 33, was acquired by the Spurs in the off-season from the Philadelphia 76ers. He was averaging 10.9 points and 6.0 assists and brought veteran leadership to the young Spurs. He was playing 35 minutes as a starter for the Spurs.