Knicks Select Cap Space, Trade Away Pick and Kemba Walker in 2022 NBA Draft – The Mercury News

The Knicks dropped their first-round pick and dropped Kemba Walker.

It was a confusing and hectic first two hours of the draft for the Knicks, with little to show for it in the short term but more cap space for their Jalen Brunson pursuit.

They failed to trade for Jaden Ivey, who was selected by the Pistons in fifth place. Léon Rose then gave OKC his 11th pick for three future lottery-protected first-round picks, though unknown to the Barclays Center crowd, who incensed the choice of Ousmane Dieng as he thought the French had gone to New York.

Two choices later, at number 13, the Hornets took Memphis center Jalen Duren and sent him to the Pistons in a three-team trade involving the Knicks, with Walker going to Detroit for a Knicks first rounder and four second rounders. Were.

So Walker’s tragic Homecoming chapter is over, and it’s worth the Knicks Draft Capital. He has $9.2 million left on his contract, which the Pistons will eat up by issuing a Bronx-bred point guard.

The Pistons were the winners of the draft with rookie of the year Caiden Cunningham adding Ivy and Duren to a lineup.

The Knicks, if nothing else, were a draft-day letdown after a flirtation with fireworks. Perhaps reducing pay in the long run in pursuit of Brunson or Malcolm Brogdon or (fiction) Kyrie Irving would work, but abandoning the draft just to drop a player signed a year ago is an acknowledgment of failure from the front office.

According to ESPN’s cap guru Bobby Marks, the Knicks were worth $18 million after getting rid of Walker. They try to deal with Nerlens Noel, Alec Burks, and Evan Fournier before free agency. Per league analysts, an offer starting at around $25 million for Brunson should be a lot, but the Knicks are bullish on the point guard.

It’s also worth noting that Brunson’s father, Rick, was just hired as an assistant coach and is very close to team president Leon Rose.

Rose’s son, Sam, now represents Jalen Brunson for CAA.

The night began with a shock, with Duke’s Paolo Banchero finishing first overall, blowing away the fake boards that had Auburn’s Jabari Smith as the unanimous top choice.

Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren fell from the rocket in second and Smith third behind OKC. Keegan Murray of Iowa was a bit of a surprise at No. 4 for the Kings, who overtook Ivey. Perhaps not coincidentally, Ivey was unwilling to join the Kings and stated that he had no contact with the organization prior to the draft.

The Knicks secured a first-round bail after a disappointing 11th place finish last season, a year after climbing to fourth.

Barring the unexpected, Julius Randall and RJ Barrett will lead the roster after averaging over 20 points last season. Randall’s production and mood remain a hot topic after last season’s decline.

Derrick Rose should return from his ankle surgery to give a boost to the offense, but young players – notably Obie Toppin, Emmanuel Quickley and Quentin Grimes – progressed toward the end of the season and earned consideration for more roles.

Great experience

It was the first year of NBA Experiences in the NBA draft, an attraction for fans who pay for two days of food and immersion.

Dominic Wilkins, which provided the following highlight stories from his career:

Bernard King was the only player who ever threatened him.

Former Hawks teammate Kevin Willis used to put onions on his chest before games to harass himself.

Michael Jordan admitted to Wilkins that the only reason he won the famous 1988 Slam Dunk Contest was in Chicago.

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The Knicks went for a blue blood potential in the second round.

After his first-rounder tackle, Leon Rose used the 42nd pick on 18-year-old Duke guard Trevor Kielce.

Kielce, who is 6-4, was a five-star recruit and dropped out of McDonald’s All-American High School, but was disappointed in his lone season with the Blue Devils, averaging 11.5 points and 42% (31.2 at 3-pointers). %) was shooting.

Kielce demonstrated his ability, however, with a 25-point effort last season against Kentucky.

The Knicks have done well with the second rounder recently. Miles McBride and Jericho Sims both broke rotation as rookies last season. Starting centre, Michelle Robinson, was a second-round pick in 2018.

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