We were wondering what the Knicks were doing when they traded Usman Dieng, their 11th pick, to Oklahoma City in exchange for a future first-round pick. But we quickly understood.
Because in the process, ESPN and The Athletic announced that New York, Charlotte and Detroit had agreed to a triangle swap. So the Hornets sent their 13th pick, center Jalen Duren, to the Knicks… who immediately moved him to the Pistons along with Kemba Walker, whom they didn’t want anymore.
Having given up their 11th pick and dumped the former Hornets All-Star, New York now has an $18 million salary margin. Enough to bring Jalen Brunson back from free will?
New York receives a first-round pick from Milwaukee (protected 1-4) in 2025, which Detroit just received in exchange for Jerami Grant. The Pistons, who already got their hands on defenseman Jayden Ivey with their 5th pick, are thus restoring another big potential, Jalen Duren, without losing much. The Knicks sent the Hornets multiple draft picks (Denver’s first round in 2023 and four second-round picks).
However, Kembe Walker shouldn’t stay with the Pistons as ESPN is already talking about a “buyout” that would see the 32-year-old leader become a “free agent” this summer.
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