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Report: Knicks trade Noel, Burks to Pistons in move to free up more cap space

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Knicks plan to propose Jalen Brunson The big-money free agent contract he is likely to accept took a big step forward on Tuesday night.

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“Nyx” – shopping center Nerlens Noel and guard Alec Burks into the space under the Pistons’ cap, giving them more opportunity to make a big offer to Brunson. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news of the deal.

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While there were rumors earlier in the day that the Clippers traded from the Knicks for Noel, this leak could have been leverage to push the Pistons’ deal to the finish line. New York’s trade with Detroit is in line with what the Knicks want. Kyrie Irving when those rumors mentioned New York. Mark Stein put it well in an email newsletter sent out less than an hour before the deal went through.

The New York Knicks are offering Jalen Brunson the tempting opportunity to lead his own team. They’re playing in a conference that potentially offers Brunson a more favorable path to All-Star status. The Knicks could also put Brunson next to his father (new Knicks assistant coach Rick Brunson) and a virtual second father (the Knicks president of basketball). Leon Rose) daily.

It’s a combination of lures that, combined with an upcoming four-year contract from the Knicks that is expected to reach (or even exceed) the $100 million threshold, will make the Dallas Mavericks come to terms with losing Brunson as a free agent.

The Knicks could now have about $30 million in their ceiling, or enough to offer Brunson the maximum contract if they want to (25% maximum, to be exact). It might get too rich for the Mavericks.

Another note about the Knicks: The players they traded on draft night and Tuesday to make room in the cap — which looks like a good move now — were players the team signed last offseason.

As for the Pistons, they say they’ll keep Noel and Burks.

Of course, that’s exactly what the GM would say to make sure he gets the max value when re-trading the player later. “We don’t want to give it up, it suits us very well, but if the offer is strong enough…”

The real loser in this trade is Luka Doncic and the Mavericks, who will lose their No. 2 option, the guy who made the playoffs. Dallas should be looking for a replacement.



Source: nba.nbcsports.com

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