While teams like the Detroit Pistons and the Oklahoma City Thunder had great drafts the Knicks went in the opposite direction. A team in desperate need to find another piece to go alongside RJ Barret failed to do so.
The Knicks traded their No. 11 pick for other picks in the future. Below is a breakdown on what the trade looks like.
What the Knicks did tonight:— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) June 24, 2022
NYK trades 11th pick to OKC
OKC trades 3 firsts (23 DEN, DET, WASH) to NYK
NYK then trades 23 DEN, 4 seconds to CHA for 13th pick
NYK then trade 13th pick & Kemba Walker to DET for MKE's 25 first
NYK trades 11, Kemba, 4 2nds & gets 3 future 1sts
The Knicks are looking to stack up on draft assets to try and create cap space for a star player. As of right now the rumor is they want to make a run at Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson. Brunson had a good playoff run especially while their star Luka Doncic was hurt in the first round of the playoffs. Brunson would be a great pickup but the real question is, is he worth all the trouble?
Kemba Walker was included in the trade and landed in Detroit. He won’t stay long as he will work on a buyout to become a free agent this summer. Starting somewhere fresh will be good for Walker who can still play at a high level when healthy and playing in the right system.
Knicks fans were not happy about what their front office did last night.
I’m NOT going to the GARDEN next year. pic.twitter.com/nZspstzP6h— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) June 24, 2022
Trade Leon Rose— charlie (@charlie65280677) June 24, 2022
Leon Rose explaining the logic behind the trades made.
Knicks President Leon Rose on last night’s draft activity. pic.twitter.com/E2JEIbRzbG— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) June 24, 2022