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Knicks add picks, clear cap space in trades with Thunder, Pistons, Hornets

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The New York Knicks are trading draft picks and making room for the cap.

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Same old Knicks?

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Maybe, maybe not. New York cap plans are similar to past classes. But at least the Knicks added future first-round picks in trades with the Thunder, Pistons, and Hornets.

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New York traded 11th pick Usman Dieng to the Thunder after three defended first round players (one redirected to Charlotte) and then sent Kemba Walkerunwanted salary in Detroit. For picking up Walker and sending the Bucks a 2025 first-round pick (which they just acquired in Straw Grant trade) in Knicks, Pistons get 13th pick Jalen Duren from the Hornets. Charlotte receives a lottery-protected 2023 first-round pick from the Nuggets and four second-round picks from the Knicks.

Shams Charania from The Athletic:

Rod Boone of The Charlotte Observer:

The Knicks are paying a pretty decent price to get rid of Walker’s $9,165,471 salary. They have also removed the 11th peak (projected starting salary: $4.5 million) from their roll sheet as they prepare for free agency.

This 2025 Milwaukee pick doesn’t look particularly valuable. Giannis Antetokounmpo is still under contract, and even if the bottom falls to the Bucks, the pick is protected by the top four. If it is not transferred in 2025, the debt will expire.

At least the future first-rounders left in Oklahoma City look good for the Knicks:

  • Detroit (Top 18 in 2023 and 2024, Top 13 in 2025, Top 11 in 2026, and Top nine in 2027, then runner-up)
  • Washington (Top 14 in 2023, Top 12 in 2024, Top 10 in 2025 and Top Eight in 2026, then two second rounds)

The Pistons are far ahead in this deal. While I don’t aim for high draft centers, Duren has potential due to his youth, size, strength and athleticism. It replenishes the promising young core, which now includes Cade Cunninghamchoice number 5 Jayden Ivey as well as saddik bay. (Decrease the chances that Detroit will pursue the Suns center of restricted free agents Deandre Ayton.)

I saw a sharp drop after the top seven prospects in this draft, and they all dropped out within the first seven picks. Both New York at No. 11 and Charlotte at No. 13 had good reasons to trade those spades.

Oklahoma City is brimming with future picks and could justify overpaying for a desired player. (The Thunder also had a No. 12 pick and took the Santa Clara wing. Jalen Williams after selection Chet Holmgren No. 2.) I’m not thrilled with Dieng, but I see the positives.

While their comeback was nowhere near as good as what the Knicks got for #11, the Hornets are getting a hefty amount of draft capital for their #13 pick, Denver’s future first-round pick (protected by the lottery for the next three years). years, then two second round players) plus four second round players. Despite the Duren trade, Charlotte also received a highly anticipated 15th-pick center: Duke. Mark Williams.

Perhaps Detroit could use Walker to support Cade Cunningham and Jaden Ivey. But the Pistons already have Corey Joseph (who signed up) and the team option on Frank Jackson. Walker could be bought out.


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