It appears the Knicks actually wanted Kemba Walker, or extra importantly, his wage, out of city.
After buying and selling No. 11 general choose within the 2022 NBA Draft, Ousmane Dieng, to the Thunder for a number of future first spherical picks (the precise picks aren’t instantly clear), the Knicks obtained lively once more at choose No. 13 in a deal that ultimately despatched Walker to the Pistons.
Marc Stein reported the Knicks’ transfer was primarily in efforts to shed Walker’s contract in a possible pursuit of Jalen Brunson in free company.
The Hornets chosen Memphis heart Jalen Duren with the thirteenth choose, who was then traded to the Knicks. New York then shortly moved Duren, together with Walker, to Detroit.
For a quick second, it appeared as if the Knicks may be getting Jaden Ivey – whom the Pistons chosen with the fifth-overall choose – in return as a part of an enormous draft-night swing for the franchise’s long-coveted level guard. Though what the Knicks obtained in return continues to be unclear, the Pistons are protecting Ivey and pairing him and Duren alongside final 12 months’s No. 1 general choose, Cade Cunningham.
It seems the Knicks will not be getting any gamers, or draft belongings, in return, although they’ll now have the cap house they should pry Brunson away from the Mavericks.
Jalen Brunson with the Mavericks within the playoffs.NBAE by way of Getty Pictures
The Knicks will liberate over $13 million in 2022-23 cap house, in response to Sportrac. Walker brings with him a one-year, $9 million contract with him to Detroit, though the 2 sides are anticipated to debate a buyout, in response to ESPN.
In totality, in seems the Knicks paid the worth of a lottery choose to achieve the cap house they should signal Brunson.