NBA News: The New York Knicks has a strong desire for Jalen Brunson. Adrian Wojnarowksi of ESPN reports that the Knicks traded center Nerlens Noel and Alec Burks to the Pistons on Tuesday. With this move, the Knicks will no longer have to pay $19 million in salaries. In the deal, the Knicks gave Detroit a second-round draft pick in 2023 and 2024, as well as $6 million in cash. It isn’t clear what the Knicks will get from Detroit in exchange. In his second year with the Knicks, Burks averaged 11.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. Burks will be on his seventh team in five years when he plays for Detroit. The 30-year-old still has two years left on his $30 million, three-year contract.
In his second year in New York, Noel played 25 games and averaged 3.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. The 28-year-old missed a lot of the season because of a foot injury that kept coming back. Noel’s three-year, $27.7 million contract has two more years to go. The Pistons did this as one of several things on Tuesday. The team chose not to keep Frank Jackson, Luka Garza, and Carsen Edwards for a second year. They did decide to have Hamidou Diallo play for their team.
NBA News: Knicks expected the deal to Jalen Brunson
The Knicks have been trying to sign Brunson, who will be a free agent on Thursday. It is especially true since Brunson’s dad, Rick Brunson, became an assistant coach for Tom Thibodeau’s team. When free agency starts, sources told Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes that the Knicks would likely offer the Dallas Mavericks guard a four-year deal worth around $110 million.
Last season, Brunson helped the Mavericks get to the Western Conference finals by averaging a career-high 16.8 points and 4.8 assists per game. Also, how he played in the second half of the season put him in the running for a big contract this offseason. And the Knicks now seem ready to give him.
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