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Knicks takes off Kemba Walker in 2022 NBA Draft Trade to aim for Jalen Brunson

Kemba Walker, and more importantly, seems to have really needed his salary outside the town.

After trading the 11th overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft,Ousmane Dieng to Thunder, several future first round picks (exact picks soon) I don't know), Knicks finally reactivated at Pick No. 13 in the deal that sent Walker to Pistons.

Mark Stein reported that Knicks' move was primarily an effort to break Walker's contract, which could track Jalen Brunson as a free agent.

Hornets choseJalen Durenat the Memphis Center on the 13th pick and was traded to Knicks. Later, New York immediately moved Durene to Detroit with Walker.

For some time, Knicks seemed to win Jaden Ivey, the Pistons' fifth overall pick, as part of the franchise's long draft nightswing. The coveted point guard. It's not yet clear what Knicks returned, but the Pistons have maintained the ivy and paired him with Durene alongside last year's No. 1 overall Cade Cunningham.

Knicks has the cap space needed to pry Branson out of the Mavericks, but doesn't seem to get any players or draft assets in return.

Kemba Walker
Jalen Brunson playing for the Mavericks in the playoffs on May 24, 2022.
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Knicks will release more than $ 13 million in cap space in 2022-23,according to Sportrac. According to ESPN, Walker will bring him a $ 9 million one-year deal to Detroit, but both are expected to discuss the acquisition.

Overall, Knicks seems to have paid the lottery price to get the cap space needed to sign Branson.