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Report: Knicks trading Nerlens Noel, Alec Burks to Pistons ahead of free agency

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The New York Knicks seem to really want Jalen Brunson.

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The Knicks traded center Nerlens Noel and guard Alec Burks to the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The move would free the Knicks from a $19 million paycheck.

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The Knicks also sent Detroit a 2023 and 2024 second-round pick in a deal and $6 million in cash.

It’s unclear what the Knicks will get in return from Detroit.

Burks averaged 11.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game last season, his second most with the Knicks. Detroit will be the Berks’ seventh team in five seasons. The 30-year-old has two years left on his three-year, $30 million contract.

Noel averaged 3.4 points and 5.6 rebounds in 25 games last season, his second most in New York. The 28-year-old has missed most of the season with a lingering foot injury. Noel has two years left on his three-year, $27.7 million contract.

The move was one of several the Pistons made on Tuesday. The team decided not to pick second year options for Frank Jackson, Luca Garza and Carsen Edwards. They chose the Hamidu Diallo team option.

In recent weeks, the Knicks have been looking for Brunson, who is scheduled to become a free agent on Thursday, especially after Brunson’s father, Rick Brunson, joined Tom Thibodeau’s staff as an assistant coach. The team is reportedly the favorite to sign the Dallas Mavericks guard to a four-year contract worth more than $100 million after starting as a free agent. .

Brunson averaged 16.8 points and 4.8 assists per game last season as he helped the Mavericks to the Western Conference Finals. His performance in the last half of the season landed him a big off-season deal that the Knicks seem ready to offer him now.

Nerlens Noel of the New York Knicks
On Tuesday, the Knicks sent Nerlens Noel and Alec Burks to the Pistons. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)




Source: sports.yahoo.com

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