The New York Knicks have traded players Alec Burks and Nerlens Noel to the Detroit Pistons to create $19 million cap space. Likewise, the New York franchise sends two future second rounds of the Draft 2023 and 2024, and 6 million in cash to encourage the operation, reported Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The final objective of said movement is none other than the subsequent signing of Jalen Brunson, who could have his arrival in New York confirmed through a four-year contract and around 110 million dollars, according to sources close to the situation.
Brunson, 25, has become the Knicks’ priority target in this 2022 free agency after standing out last year as a starter for the Dallas Mavericks. In the regular season he went up to 16.3 points and 4.8 assists per game.
He also helped the Mavs reach the Conference Finals, taking a step forward in the playoffs for the title with 21.6 points per game, and with two outstanding performances of 41 and 31 points respectively in the first round against the Utah Jazz. .
Both Mark Cuban and general manager Nico Harrison said at the end of the season that renewing Brunson was a priority for them, and that they were willing to offer him a new five-year contract (they retain their Bird rights) after he rejected a extension for four additional and 55.5 million dollars at the deadline, the same that his partner Dorian Finney-Smith did accept.
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