The Knicks declined a first-round pick and waived Kemba Walker.
It was a confusing and hectic first two hours of the Knicks draft, with little to show in the short term but more room for their search for Jalen Brunson.
They failed to trade Jaden Ivey, who was drafted fifth by the Pistons. Leon Rose then gave his 11th OKC pick for three future lottery-protected first-round picks, though this was unknown to the Barclays Center crowd, who booed Ousmane Dieng’s pick because they thought the Frenchman had gone to New York.
Two picks later, at No. 13, the Hornets took Memphis center Jalen Duren and sent him to the Pistons in a three-team trade with the Knicks, while Walker traveled to Detroit for the Knicks’ first round and four second rounds. rounds.
So the sad chapter of Walker’s homecoming came to an end, and it cost the Knicks their draft capital. He has $9.2 million left on his contract, which the Pistons are likely to eat up when they release the Bronx point guard.
The Pistons went on to win the draft, adding Ivey and Duren to the roster with Rookie of the Year Caden Cunningham.
The Knicks were, to say the least, a post-draft disappointment after flirting with fireworks. The pay cut may work in the long run in their pursuit of Brunson or Malcolm Brogdon or (sip) Kyrie Irving, but sacrificing a draft pick to get rid of a player who signed only a year ago is an admission of failure on the part of the front. -office.
According to ESPN cap guru Bobby Marks, the Knicks had $18 million under the cap after getting rid of Walker. They are also trying to make a deal with Nerlens Noel, Alec Burks and Evan Fournier before they become free agents. An offer starting at about $25 million should be too high for Brunson, according to league analysts, but the Knicks are bullish on the point guard.
It’s also worth noting that Brunson’s father, Rick, has just been hired as an assistant coach and is very close to team president Leon Rose.
Rose’s son, Sam, now represents Jalen Brunson at the CAA.
The night started off with a bang as Duke’s Paolo Bankero took first overall by blowing up trial boards that saw Auburn’s Jabari Smith as the top pick.
Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren finished in second place behind OKC, while Smith was beaten by the Rockets in third place. Iowa’s Keegan Murray came as a bit of a surprise with a 4th-place finish for the Kings, who passed Ivey. Perhaps not coincidentally, Ivey was reluctant to join the Kings and said he had no contact with the organization prior to the draft.
The Knicks were eliminated in the first round after a disappointing 11th overall last season, a year after climbing to fourth.
Barring surprises, Julius Randle and RJ Barrett will lead the roster after both averaging over 20 points last season. Randle’s production and mood remain a hot topic after last season’s deterioration.
Derrick Rose is set to return from ankle surgery to step up the attack, but younger players, especially Obi Toppin, Immanuel Quickly and Quentin Grimes, have grown up and deserved higher roles by the end of the season.
This was the first year of NBA Experiences in the NBA Draft, attracting fans who pay for two days of lunch and immersion.
Among the perks was a steak dinner with Dominic Wilkins, who told the following highlights from his career:
· Bernard King was the only player who ever intimidated him.
· Former Hawks teammate Kevin Willis used to put his bow on his chest before games to get upset.
· Michael Jordan confessed to Wilkins that the only reason he won their famous 1988 Slam Dunk contest was because it was held in Chicago.
In the second round, the Knicks used the potential of the blue blood.
After dealing his first round, Leon Rose used the 42nd pick against 18-year-old Duke guard Trevor Keels.
Keels, 6-4, was a five-star rookie and post-high school McDonald’s All-American, but frustrated in his only season with the Blue Devils, averaging 11.5 points and shooting 42% (31.2% on three-pointers).
However, Keels showed his potential with 25 points last season against Kentucky.
The Knicks have done well in the second round lately. Miles McBride and Jericho Sims both excelled in the rotation last season as rookies. Mitchell Robinson, starting center forward, was selected in the second round in 2018.