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Detroit Pistons trade with New York Knicks, acquire Alec Burks, Nerlens Noel and picks

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Less than a week after acquiring Jalen Duren and Kemba Walker from the New York Knicks Detroit Pistons made another deal with them.

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The Knicks traded Nerlens Noel, Alec Burks, Detroit’s own 2023 second-round pick, 2024 second-round pick from the Miami Heat, and $6 million in cash to the Pistons, league sources confirmed to Free Press on Tuesday in the evening.

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Detroit will gobble up about $19 million in paychecks, which will decisively take them out of contention for some of the NBA’s top players entering limited leeway.

Knicks defenseman Alec Burks was fouled by Pistons defenseman Cade Cunningham in the first half of a game on March 27, 2022 at Little Caesars Arena.
Knicks defenseman Alec Burks was fouled by Pistons defenseman Cade Cunningham in the first half of a game on March 27, 2022 at Little Caesars Arena.

According to sources, the Pistons intend to keep both Noel and Burks rather than trade them. Burks, a 6-foot-6 forward, is shooting 38% of three-pointers in his career and will give Detroit, who made just 32.6% of three-pointers last season, a significant boost. Noel, a 6-foot-11 center forward, averaged 3.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game last season.

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Both Burks (owed $10 million next season) and Noel ($9.2 million) have team options in the 2023–24 season, meaning the Pistons could get an extra $19 million off the ledgers and get maximum money in what is expected to be a strong year 2023. free agency class. They also give the Pistons potential trading chips at the 2023 deadline, as both contracts are essentially expiring deals.

Nerlens Noel of the Knicks blocks a shot from the Hornets' LaMelo Ball on May 15, 2021.
Nerlens Noel of the Knicks blocks a shot from the Hornets’ LaMelo Ball on May 15, 2021.

After drafting Jaden Ivey and Jalen Duren last Thursday, sources told the Free Press that the Pistons would be less likely to sign max player as free agents and prioritize shooting and financial flexibility. They’ve done both, and now they lack the cash needed to offer a maximum contract to Phoenix Suns center Deandra Ayton or Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges, two restricted free agents with whom the Pistons have been linked.

The Knicks have offloaded about $28 million in salary to the Pistons over the past week as they prepare to sign the Dallas Mavericks guard, rumored to be their main free agency target, to a maximum or near maximum contract. In exchange, the Pistons acquired Duren, two prospective second round players, $6 million in cash, and two role players.

Sources told the Free Press that Walker is likely to be bought out of his expiring $9.2 million contract.

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This article originally appeared in the Detroit Free Press: Detroit Pistons traded for Knicks’ Alec Burks and Nerlens Noel




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