New York Knicks guard Kemba Walker in opposition to the Golden State Warriors throughout an NBA basketball sport in San Francisco, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022. (AP Picture/Jeff Chiu)
In a flurry of strikes worthy of creating an insider’s head spin, the New York Knicks pulled off three separate trades in the course of the first spherical of the 2022 NBA Draft — and nonetheless didn’t come away with a variety.
The Knicks first chosen ahead Ousmane Dieng with the No. 11 decide of the 2022 NBA Draft Thursday night in Brooklyn however shortly traded him to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder for three first-round picks (2023 protected first-rounder through Detroit, 2023 protected first-rounder through Washington, 2023 protected first-rounder through Denver), as first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
They then proceeded to make use of a minimum of a type of picks to amass Memphis middle Jalen Duren from the Charlotte Hornets, who chosen him at No. 13 however then shortly flipped him together with that 2023 protected first-rounder from the Thunder through Denver and 4 future second-round picks again to the Detroit Pistons alongside veteran level guard Kemba Walker.
However as an alternative of crafting a package deal to amass their No. 1 goal in Purdue guard Jaden Ivey, who was drafted by Detroit at No. 5, the Knicks’ sole profit from their mad wheeling and dealing was to get Walker’s contract off the books together with what’s believed to be a pair of future first-round draft picks.
Walker was slated to make $9.1 million subsequent season, which is the ultimate yr of his contract. With the financial savings, they’re anticipated to make an all-out push for free-agent guard Jalen Brunson, who had a breakout season with the Dallas Mavericks final season.
The Knicks made a significant push, per reviews, to make a trade for Ivey — a dynamic expertise related to New York all through the pre-draft course of — who was drafted No. 5 total by the Detroit Pistons.
Whereas rumors leaked that it got here right down to the availability of Memphis big man Jalen Duren at No. 11 to assist facilitate a package deal deal, phrase got here out that when the San Antonio Spurs have been on the clock at No. 9 that the Pistons can be keeping Ivey.
Regardless, the Knicks made yet another push for Ivey with a deal stacked with the picks obtained from Oklahoma Metropolis, however the Pistons denied them once more, per James Edwards III of The Athletic.