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Knicks trade Kemba Walker and Jalen Duren for Pistons

It's unknown what New York will get in return, but the Hornets will get a 2025 first-round pick from the Pistons. (Author: Gardener)

KnicksIt's unknown what New York will get in return, but the Hornets will get a 2025 first-round pick from the Pistons. With the number 13, Jalen Duren was selected by the Hornets. However, he was eventually sold to the Pistons in a deal that also includes the Knicks, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania. After Duren was picked by Charlotte, his rights were passed to the Knicks. New York then traded Duren to Detroit in a trade pack that also includes guard Kemba Walker. What the Knicks get for it is currently unknown. The Knicks reportedly made the move to create some salary space while pursuing free agent Jalen Brunson via Marc Stein. Wojnarowski also reported additional information about the trade, including that the Pistons sent the Hornets their 2025 first-round pick, originally from Milwaukee. The Pistons added that pick just yesterday as it was included in the Jerami Grant deal. In nearly the first half of the first round of the draft, the Knicks were already involved in two trades. Ousmane Dieng, originally picked 11th by New York, was traded to the Thunder. In return, the Knicks received three conditional first-round picks. That includes the first all-rounders of the Pistons, Wizards and Nuggets in 2023.

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A magic trick and a rough night for the Knicks

Orlando shocked the basketball world by bringing in No. 1 Paolo Banchero, but the unexpected move could also pay off for the Thunder and Rockets. (Author: Gardener)

KnicksOrlando Magic fans were pleased with the selection of Dukes Paolo Banchero's team with the first pick in the NBA draft. NEW YORK -- In a draft night stunner, the Orlando Magic defied conventional wisdom by beating Duke's Paolo Banchero with the No. 1 pick over Auburn's Jabari Smith and Gonzaga's Chet Holmgren. The last minute surprise made for a fun start to a night of trading two lottery tickets. A sharp change of plan can often cause apprehension or disappointment, but the Houston Rockets should be delighted Smith fell into their laps in the #3 pick. While the prospect of pairing 2021's No. 2 pick Jalen Green with Banchero seemed genuinely exciting, Smith could easily prove a better fit over the long term. Smith's defensive versatility will be a huge bonus for the Rockets, who were last in defensive efficiency, and his ability to score without dominating the ball will give Green more design options. There was a chance that Green and Banchero would get into a tug-of-war for offense control, and now Green can serve as a leading option, setting up Smith for drive-and-kick opportunities. Orlando Magic Makes Duke's Paolo Banchero Surprise No. 1 Pick Banchero is cast as an alpha scorer in Orlando, with 2021 Lottery pick Jalen Suggs expected to be a distribution-focused point guard. Meanwhile, Magic has several promising front-seat defenders that can help offset Banchero's limitations in this area. For what it's worth, both Banchero and Smith sounded happy with their role reversal. Banchero said it "felt like a fantasy" to go No. 1, while Smith said he was "happy" to go to Houston because "God doesn't make mistakes." First, New York traded No. 11 Ousmane Dieng to Oklahoma City Thunder for future picks. Then the Knicks rerouted No. 13, Jalen Duren, from the Charlotte Hornets to the Detroit Pistons in a three-way trade that allowed them to forfeit Kemba Walker's salary. Rather than add a lottery prospect or two to their unfinished list, New York decided to make room for its free agency activities. With only a few stars available on the market this summer, the Knicks' short-term thinking will likely end with a whimper. Banchero's surprise number 1 pick threatened to turn Holmgren's night upside down by sliding down the board. Instead, Oklahoma City stayed the course and selected the 7-foot Gonzaga freshman over taking Smith. Holmgren could not have asked for a better home than little Thunder, who is fully committed to a patient development approach and can help shield him from physique questions early in his career. Oklahoma City bolstered its plans to build slowly by adding two more lottery picks: Dieng and Jalen Williams. Chet Holmgren (center) became Gonzaga's highest-drafted player of all time with his second overall pick in the Oklahoma City Thunder. Holmgren is an all ball, all time guy, and he'll be able to focus on his craft in Oklahoma City just like he did in Spokane. Best of all, Holmgren is a highly efficient finisher around the basket and will be on the receiving end of plays prepared by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey. Thursday felt like a missed opportunity for the Kings, who held the fourth pick in a draft that saw keen interest in Jaden Ivey, an explosive Purdue guard. Though Ivey didn't seem inclined to play for Sacramento, taking him was still an option. De'Aaron Fox and Ivey would have given the Kings an attacking backfield capable of ending a streak of 16 straight lottery trips. But Sacramento didn't pick Ivey or pay off the fourth pick in a trade. Instead, the Kings took Keegan Murray with them, and one can't help but wonder how many other teams would have picked 21-year-old Iowa forward Ivey if given the chance. The Pistons are still early in the rebuilding process, but their lottery luck over the past two years has been exceptional. In 2021, they won the right to draft Cade Cunningham, a senior playmaker and defender, with the top overall pick. This year, Ivey, a potential All-Star who would perfectly complement Cunningham, was unexpectedly available at No. 5. Detroit general manager Troy Weaver has turned his roster on its head since arriving in 2020, and he now has the cap flexibility to chase up-profile free agents like Deandre Ayton this summer. The Nets shouldn't have been a factor on draft night, but another round of rumors about their ongoing saga with Kyrie Irving played out on national TV for all to see. For years, the Portland Trail Blazers have suffered from an imbalance in their roster, overloaded with dangerous guards and less versatile frontcourt players. Portland's new GM, Joe Cronin, took the first step in rebalancing when he delivered CJ McCollum and Norman Powell, a pair of high-priced guards, at the February close. Cronin's ability to fill the pay gaps he created with those trades would determine whether all-star guard Damian Lillard would have a chance to lead a competitive team in 2023. On Wednesday, Cronin sent the Pistons a collection of picks for Jerami Grant. The deal made sense for both sides: Grant was overwhelmed as a leading goalscoring option in Detroit, he was eight years older than Cunningham and he has a new contract on the horizon in the not-too-distant future. In Portland, Grant could fill a big need and settle into a supporting role better suited to his talent level for his next payday. After half a decade of cautious front-office work under former GM Neil Olshey, Lillard had to be content with Cronin's early return. The flip side of Portland's story involves Sharpe, a 19-year-old Canadian guard who was the top-ranked high school contender in the class of 2022. Take into account the fact that Sharpe fell seventh, and that Portland is not a glamor destination, and his decision to spend his freshman year in Kentucky looks pretty questionable. The NBA has quietly invested significant time and resources in establishing international academies to seek out and develop talent in Australia, Africa, India and Latin America. Last year Giddey became the first graduate of one of these academies to be drafted. That year, two other academy graduates were selected in the lottery: Bennedict Mathurin, a Canadian who finished sixth in the Indiana Pacers, and Dyson Daniels, an Australian who finished eighth in the New Orleans Pelicans. For the NBA, this selection is an important milestone and proof of concept. Most interestingly, Giddey, Mathurin, and Daniels all took different paths from the academies to the NBA: Giddey played professionally abroad, Mathurin went to Arizona for two years, and Daniels spent a season with the G League Ignite. Expect the NBA to double down on its accomplishments and expect these creative pipelines to produce even more high-profile talent in the years to come.

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An angry Stephen A. Smith perfectly summed up how Knicks fans felt about the NBA draft

While other teams piled potential stars and solid building blocks everywhere in Thursday night's first round of the 2022 NBA Draft, not all left Brooklyn happy (Author: Gardener)

Stephen A. Smith© Provided by For The Win While other teams piled potential stars and solid building blocks everywhere in Thursday night's first round of the 2022 NBA Draft, not all left Brooklyn happy. Or really someone notable for next season. In some of the least surprising news of the night, the New York Knicks happened to be one of those empty-handed teams. After a confusing trading whirl with some other teams, New York ended up with exactly no real new players - only future lottery picks. That result didn't sit well with ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, who also happens to be a huge Knicks fan. His angry reaction to the Knickerbockers' odd antics said it all: [email protected]'s face says it all 😅pic.twitter.com/uKnBihJNcO— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 24, 2022 Is he comforted by Spike Lee? Smith wasn't done yet. After composing himself and collecting his thoughts, he made it a point to let the Knicks have it: "Shot blockers, drafted. We've seen athletes being drafted. We saw shooters being drafted. We've seen point guards being drafted. We've seen off-guards being drafted. We've seen everything drafted... but the Knicks haven't drafted anyone!” Ah, such is the tragic life of a Knicks fan. Athletic coach explains why Paolo Banchero, who's losing 7 pounds a game, isn't a problem. State Farm has the NBA draft jingle "Pick is in" that will soon be embedded in our brains

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Knicks trade Kemba Walker for Pistons in 3-team trade

New York has started clearing cap-room during a busy draft night and is said to have traded the veteran point guard to Detroit. (Author: Gardener)

KnicksNew York is reportedly sending Kemba Walker to Detroit as part of a three-team trade that will also see the Pistons acquire No. 13 overall Jalen Duren from Charlotte, according to multiple reports. In exchange for majors, the Hornets will reportedly acquire a future first-round pick and several future second-round picks. • 2023 first-round pick (from Denver via Oklahoma City and New York) • 2023 second-round pick (via Utah) • 2023 second-round pick (cheapest from Dallas/Miami) • 2024 second-round pick (via New York) • 2024 second-round election (via New York) • 2022 Draft Rights for Jalen Duren (via Charlotte) • Kemba Walker (via New York) Knicks acquired Jalen Duren -- bringing him to the Pistons with Kemba Walker, sources said. Walker, whose role has fluctuated widely in his first and possibly only season in New York, is expected to discuss buyout options with the Pistons. Kemba Walker and the Pistons are expected to discuss a contract purchase that will allow him to become a free agent, sources tell ESPN. Walker ended up with Detroit as part of the three-way deal with Charlotte and New York. The Knicks had agreed on a trade that sent their No. 11 overall pick to Oklahoma City in exchange for three future first-round picks. Clarification: The Knicks will also acquire the Bucks 2025 first-round pick in the Pistons-Knicks-Hornets trade, according to league sources.

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Pistons acquires Jalen Duren, No. 13 overall, in three-way deal with Knicks, Hornets

2022 NBA draft: Pistons to acquire No. 13 overall Jalen Duren in three-way deal with Knicks, Hornets (Author: Gardener)

Jalen DurenIn one of the strangest deals of NBA draft night, the Detroit Pistons acquired University of Memphis big man Jalen Duren in a three-way deal with the New York Knicks and Charlotte Hornets, according to multiple reports. The Hornets drafted No. 13 overall Duren and sent him through the Knicks to the Pistons, who added Kemba Walker to Detroit's package. The Pistons plan to negotiate a $9.2 million buyout of Walker's salary next season, which would make the 32-year-old a free agent, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Pistons general manager Troy Weaver reportedly targeted two players in the lottery, landing both elite athletes: Duren and Purdue University guard Jaden Ivey, who had previously fallen in Detroit's lap at No. 5 overall. The Knicks took Walker's contract off their books and signaled they are scrambling to make enough room for the salary cap to shop for free agents next week. New York traded its No. 11 overall pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder earlier in the night for three future protected first-round picks and conceded an additional $4.5 million. The Pistons also traded a first-round pick of 2025 from the Milwaukee Bucks to New York in the major trade. According to the Charlotte Observer's Rod Boone, the Knicks will send one of the three first-round picks they received from Oklahoma City and four future second-round picks to the Hornets in the Duren deal. Charlotte also owned this year's No. 15 overall pick and drafted by Duke University 7-footer Mark Williams. When all was said and done by the end of Thursday's first round, the Knicks traded No. 11 Kemba Walker and four future second-round picks for Milwaukee's top-four protected first-round pick 2025 (over Detroit) and conditional 2023 first-rounders the Pistons and Washington Wizards (both through OKC). The Pistons got away with Ivey, Duren and Walker Thursday. The Hornets drafted Williams at No. 15 and traded the No. 13 pick for Denver's 2023 first-round pick and four second-round picks over the next two years — all over the Knicks. Ben Rohrbach is a senior editor at Yahoo Sports. Email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter!

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Breaking down the Knicks' three separate trades after Kemba Walker's move

The Knicks were busy on draft night (Author: Gardener)

KnicksDraft night for the New York Knicks is usually pretty simple: They make a choice their fans hate, the fans boo it like crazy, and the negative fan reaction then becomes a story of its own. Thursday night wasn't that easy as the Knicks were the busiest team in the 2022 NBA draft. They pulled off three separate trades, with players and picks flying everywhere, and it took hours to figure out all the details. The Knicks had the No. 11 on the night, and there was a lot of talk that they could potentially move up. Instead, they opted to drop out of the first round, sending that pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for three future first-rounders. While the Knicks need help now, getting three first-round picks in exchange for one is pretty good value. * 2023 First Round Pick via Denver (Protected 1-14 until 2025) * 2023 First Round Pick via Denver (Protected 1-14 until 2025) * 2024 Second Round Pick via New York * 2024 Second Round Pick via New York Shortly after the completion of Deal with the Thunder, the Knicks then got back on the phone and worked out a deal with the Charlotte Hornets. They took the 2023 they got in the Thunder trade first via Denver and packaged it with four future seconds for the No. 13 overall who would become Jalen Duren. Eventually, the Knicks flipped the No. 13 pick (Jalen Duren) and Kemba Walker in a third deal to the Detroit Pistons. In exchange, the Knicks received a 2025 first-round pick via Milwaukee, which the Pistons previously acquired in a trade from Jerami Grant earlier this week. * 2023 First Round Pick via Detroit (Protected 1-18 through 2024, Protected 1-13 in 2025, Protected 1-11 in 2026, Protected 1-9 in 2027) * 2023 First Round Pick via Detroit (Protected 1- 18 to 2024, protected 1-13 in 2025, protected 1-11 in 2026, protected 1-9 in 2027) * 2023 first round selection over Washington (protected 1-14 in 2023, protected 1-12 in 2024, protected 1-10 in 2025, protected 1-8 in 2026) * 2023 first-round selection over Washington (protected 1-14 in 2023, protected 1-12 in 2024, protected 1-10 in 2025, protected 1-8 in 2026) After all that turning and acting , the Knicks ended the night with three future first-round picks and some extra room for the cap. A lottery pick seems like a hefty price to pay to ditch Walker's contract and enter the Brunson Sweepstakes. As for the cap space situation, they could have come up with something else later.

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Mavs trades overshadowed by Knicks maneuvers and looming fight for Jalen Brunson

In Thursday night's NBA draft, the Mavericks made a long-awaited acquisition, that of center Christian Wood, and did something unexpected in the second round. As we know it would happen since June 15, the Mavericks and... (Author: Gardener)

MavsIn Thursday night's NBA draft, the Mavericks made a long-awaited acquisition, that of center Christian Wood, and did something unexpected in the second round. They traded in the draft to grab number 37: athletic shooting guard Jaden Hardy, who just a few months ago was considered a lottery pick candidate. As we know this would happen since June 15, the Mavericks and Rockets actually honored their verbal agreement, which would see 6-10 center Christian Wood join the Mavericks for the No. 26 pick and four rarely used Dallas players is sent. That #26 pick turned out to be Wendell Moore, who the Mavericks picked for Houston and who the Rockets in turn sent to Minnesota. As of late Thursday night, the NBA was yet to approve the Wood deal, but that is expected to be a formality. And the Mavericks took a low-risk swing by trading second-round picks in 2024 and 2028 for Hardy, a player with longer-term upside potential. Hardy averaged 30 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists as a high school senior and was Nevada's 2021 player of the year, but he sidestepped scholarship offers from Kentucky and UCLA, among others, to play for the G League's Team Ignite last spring, where he scored averaged 17.7 points but shot just 35% in 12 games. These developments are not to say that Thursday night's draft unfolding was safe for Dallas. If there was any doubt as to whether the Knicks plan to head to Mavericks free agent-to-be guard Jalen Brunson, New York next week, those intentions were made abundantly clear on Thursday night. The Knicks traded their first-round pick, No. 11, to Oklahoma City for No. 13 pick Jalen Duren and future picks -- then New York promptly boxed them in with guard Kemba Walker (and his $34 million salary). a trade to Detroit. The Mavericks have the number one advantage when it comes to keeping 25-year-old guard Brunson: money. As a reigning team, they can guarantee Brunson a fifth season for a total package of up to $175 million, while the Knicks and other teams can only offer four guaranteed seasons. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and President Nico Harrison have said the #1 priority offseason was to keep Brunson. Now they know they're messing with New York. But, hey, if the Mavericks can hold Brunson, they've teamed up with the wiry but athletic 26-year-old Wood, who averaged 17.9 points and 10.1 rebounds and averaged 50.1% for the Rockets with 20 wins. improved significantly while starting 67 games last season. For Harrison, preparing for this draft night was completely different than last year's draft, which took place a month after he was hired. The Mavericks didn't have a first or second round choice. Many of the calls Harrison received before and on draft night began with rival general managers congratulating him on his new job. "No team congratulates me, that's for sure," Harrison said with a smile. Although Dallas entered draft night with a verbal lumber deal and no second-round picks (which were traded to Washington in the Feb. 10 Kristaps Porzingis deal), Harrison said the Mavericks' staff were prepared as if they could pick. "We don't call people trying to trade our players to try to get in the draft, but you never know what's going to come out." Thursday marked the second year in a row and the third time in four years that the Mavericks made no first-round selections. That trend is likely to continue next June unless the Mavericks act in the draft. Her first round pick was sent to New York as part of the 2019 Porzingis trade, although the pick is top 10 protected. The good news is that the Mavericks reaped the rewards of their 2018 draft night haul from Luka Doncic and Brunson, although they now have to fight to keep Brunson. For more coverage of Mavericks in the Dallas Morning News, click here.

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Mavs trades overshadowed by Knicks maneuvers and looming fight for Jalen Brunson

In Thursday night's NBA draft, the Mavericks made a long-awaited acquisition, that of center Christian Wood, and did something in the second round... (Author: Gardener)

MavsIn Thursday night's NBA draft, the Mavericks made a long-awaited acquisition, that of center Christian Wood, and did something unexpected in the second round. They traded in the draft to grab number 37: athletic shooting guard Jaden Hardy, who just a few months ago was considered a lottery pick candidate. As we know this would happen since June 15, the Mavericks and Rockets actually honored their verbal agreement, which would see 6-10 center Christian Wood join the Mavericks for the No. 26 pick and four rarely used Dallas players is sent. That #26 pick turned out to be Wendell Moore, who the Mavericks picked for Houston and who the Rockets in turn sent to Minnesota. As of late Thursday night, the NBA was yet to approve the Wood deal, but that is expected to be a formality. And the Mavericks took a low-risk swing by trading second-round picks in 2024 and 2028 for Hardy, a player with longer-term upside potential. Hardy averaged 30 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists as a high school senior and was Nevada's 2021 player of the year, but he sidestepped scholarship offers from Kentucky and UCLA, among others, to play for the G League's Team Ignite last spring, where he scored averaged 17.7 points but shot just 35% in 12 games. These developments are not to say that Thursday night's draft unfolding was safe for Dallas. If there was any doubt as to whether the Knicks plan to head to Mavericks free agent-to-be guard Jalen Brunson, New York next week, those intentions were made abundantly clear on Thursday night. The Knicks traded their first-round pick, No. 11, to Oklahoma City for No. 13 pick Jalen Duren and future picks -- then New York promptly boxed them in with guard Kemba Walker (and his $34 million salary). a trade to Detroit. The Mavericks have the number one advantage when it comes to keeping 25-year-old guard Brunson: money. As a reigning team, they can guarantee Brunson a fifth season for a total package of up to $175 million, while the Knicks and other teams can only offer four guaranteed seasons. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and President Nico Harrison have said the #1 priority offseason was to keep Brunson. Now they know they're messing with New York. But, hey, if the Mavericks can hold Brunson, they've teamed up with the wiry but athletic 26-year-old Wood, who averaged 17.9 points and 10.1 rebounds and averaged 50.1% for the Rockets with 20 wins. improved significantly while starting 67 games last season. For Harrison, preparing for this draft night was completely different than last year's draft, which took place a month after he was hired. The Mavericks didn't have a first or second round choice. Many of the calls Harrison received before and on draft night began with rival general managers congratulating him on his new job. "No team congratulates me, that's for sure," Harrison said with a smile. Although Dallas entered draft night with a verbal lumber deal and no second-round picks (which were traded to Washington in the Feb. 10 Kristaps Porzingis deal), Harrison said the Mavericks' staff were prepared as if they could pick. "We don't call people trying to trade our players to try to get in the draft, but you never know what's going to come out." Thursday marked the second year in a row and the third time in four years that the Mavericks made no first-round selections. That trend is likely to continue next June unless the Mavericks act in the draft. Her first round pick was sent to New York as part of the 2019 Porzingis trade, although the pick is top 10 protected. The good news is that the Mavericks reaped the rewards of their 2018 draft night haul from Luka Doncic and Brunson, although they now have to fight to keep Brunson. For more coverage of Mavericks in the Dallas Morning News, click here.

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from the Rockets, 76ers and Pistons to the Knicks, Kings and the betting public

This was one of the most unpredictable designs in recent history, and costly for many (Author: Gardener)

KnicksAs Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish once said in Game of Thrones, chaos is a ladder. The 2022 NBA Draft caused a lot of chaos. After weeks of reports that Jabari Smith would be picked No. 1 overall, the Orlando Magic threw a curveball with Paolo Banchero in the lead. That threw the whole design off track, and surprises kept coming left and right from there. Keegan Murray on Jaden Ivey. The Knicks didn't pick at all in the first round. Nothing went as expected on Thursday, resulting in one of the busier drafts in recent memory. Now that the 2022 NBA Draft is in the books, let's take a look at which teams have climbed the ladder of chaos and which teams have fallen into the pit below. Here are your 2022 NBA Draft winners and losers. From a pure value standpoint, there was very little separation between the top three prospects in this draft. Smith undoubtedly makes more sense in Houston than Banchero. The Rockets already have a great young offensive big man in Alperen Sengun. Banchero would have been good at that end of the floor next to him, but defensively the two raised real red flags. He has all-defense potential and his 3-point shooting should only improve Sengun's inner game. Smith is a winner in this exchange as well. In Orlando he would have joined a team with pretty questionable guard play. After Smith landed, the Rockets snapped up another of the draft's top defenders in LSU's Tari Eason. Adding all of this together, the Rockets did a great job balancing their roster on a night where they were expected to emphasize attack. They landed one of the draft steals in 29th-ranked TyTy Washington. The Kentucky Guard should be a candidate for 17th-ranked Houston. Instead, they landed him 12 spots later, potentially giving Green a long-term backcourt partner. No, the kings didn't need another guard. You're not a loser here just because you passed Jaden Ivey. Keegan Murray probably ended up being a better fit anyway. They probably could have gotten a pick for the No. 4 pick considering how many teams were interested in Ivey, and even if they had wanted Murray all along, they probably would have squeezed Detroit with No. 5 for an added advantage can, given how public her interest in the Purdue Point Guard was. And then, of course, we should also mention that the consensus put Ivey over Murray. In fact, several teams did it due to their trading interest. If the kings are thinking one thing and five or six teams are thinking another, history suggests that the kings are probably wrong here. It's not quite the same, but it should be noted that Ivey was less than thrilled with the idea of ​​going to Sacramento. Now we're all less than thrilled with her design. Did the Pistons need Ivey? With Cade Cunningham they already have their point guard of the future. But both Cunningham and Ivey should be well off the ball when they share the floor. Cunningham's height and Ivey's athleticism should both give them more than enough defensive versatility to work together, and the offensive advantage of having two high-end ball handlers who can shoot is overwhelming. If the night had ended there, the Pistons would have been winners, but things just got better. By sacrificing the 2025 first-round pick they got in the Jerami Grant trade along with some meager canopy space to take on Kemba Walker, the Pistons jumped back into the lottery and landed Jalen Duren, an extremely athletic center from the Should benefit quite a bit from two high-end point guards throwing lobs at him. Taking on Walker wasn't ideal, but they saved so much by swapping Grant without accepting an extra salary that they should still comfortably have enough room to give DeAndre Ayton or Miles Bridges a limited free hand pursue. GM Troy Weaver took some criticism for the limited return he got for Grant, but he more than made up for it with an excellent draft night. Perhaps by the time the No. 11 election rolled around, any prospects who wanted the Knicks were already gone, and on the surface it's hard to get too angry when you're making a first-round election three. The problem is that none of these picks are particularly valuable. Barring an injury to Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks' choice for 2025 will be in their 20s. The other picks acquired from Oklahoma City have been protected in a way that also limits their value. The Knicks don't have enough high-end talent to turn down potential lotteries. They hope they can find this high-end talent in free agency, and that motivated the decision to cut Kemba Walker's $9.2 million salary. Aside from the bad value of giving away less than $10 million with a first-round pick (the common rate tends to be closer to $20 million), the idea of ​​going to such lengths to make room for a non-All-Star To create in Jalen Brunson or the NBA's ultimate wild card in Kyrie Irving is pretty questionable logic for roster building. For the Knicks to go through such a disappointing season as last year and not come out of the first round with rookies is bizarre news. A team with Joel Embiid and James Harden really doesn't have time to develop rookies. Philadelphia needs to win now, and after offering Danny Green and the No. 23 to almost every team in the league in exchange for veteran help, they finally ended up with De'Anthony Melton. Only 24 years old, Melton has shot almost 39 percent from behind the bow in the last two seasons. He was already a very strong point-of-attack defender, collecting steals and blocks like few guards in the game. Now he's going to a Philadelphia team that needs him after playing just 22.7 minutes a game next season. Criticizing the Grizzlies for the actual players they picked is a stupid thing to do. Her draft record is virtually impeccable during the Zach Kleiman era. Where the Grizzlies faltered was in their desire to move Melton, although it was predictable. Melton, Dillon Brooks, Desmond Bane and Ziaire Williams are all fighting for the same minutes, and the Grizzlies finally decided to break the deadlock before it became a problem by dealing Melton. First, Melton has a value contract for two more seasons. Why give away one rotation player before knowing if two more will return? Melton can't play point guard on offense, but he can defend them from the other end of the ground, and if Jones leaves and they need to get more creative with how they run their offense without Morant, having Melton around would have been valuable . That kind of trade feels a year premature, and while the Grizzlies have an excellent draft record, it makes it even harder for them to find minutes for their new rookies when they haven't had minutes for Melton. The Grizzlies just won 56 games. They are the deepest team in the NBA. The Pelicans and Spurs picked back-to-back at No. 8 and No. 9. They took a number of prospects with fairly similar strengths and weaknesses. Dyson Daniels (the No. 8 for New Orleans) and Jeremy Sochan (the No. 9 for San Antonio) should both make excellent defenders. Daniels is a better ball carrier and playmaker, but Sochan has untapped potential in this arena as well. Both share the same weakness that would have been far more significant in almost any other team: poor shooting. That's where the Spurs and Pelicans come in. They have the top two shooting coaches in the NBA. At San Antonio, Chip Engelland has spent almost two decades honing the shooting moves of recent Spurs. Kawhi Leonard was his masterpiece, but dozens of players have come through San Antonio and left as better shooters. If he didn't lock in the title of the NBA's top shot doctor, it's because Fred Vinson took it on. Over the past three seasons he has worked wonders with Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Herb Jones and others. These picks both represent an awareness of what these teams have on their batons. The Pelicans and Spurs can afford to take risks for players that other teams cannot. Sochan and Daniels would be very problematic fits for many teams. To the Spurs and Pelicans? He projects himself as a solid NBA role player. Lots of teams from all areas of design could use this. But the Wizards have spent the last decade playing singles. But the team is obviously not doing well. They've missed the playoffs in three of the last four years, and if they're looking to escape mid-draft purgatory, it would probably be appropriate to take a bigger swing. Perhaps Washington would have tried its luck with someone like Daniels or Shaedon Sharpe if it could, but there were certainly more ambitious proposals on the table. Griffin has serious injury concerns, but the best version of him has all-star potential. One day it would be nice to see the magicians try to get a little bolder with one of their lottery picks. The Hawks made a conscious decision during the 2020 offseason when they spent their entire cap yard on veterans. Instead of slowly rebuilding through the design, they wanted to compete immediately and sacrifice the long-term value. Another year in the lottery might have been good for the Hawks. Last season, when Trae Young was the only player on the roster to make his mark as a star, they were among the league's major disappointments after falling into the play-in tournament from the Eastern Conference Finals. Escape from the middle of the standings will require the kind of home run swings Washington doesn't like taking. The wizards landing Griffin at 10 would have been a wise choice. Griffin's health is a red rag after multiple leg injuries, but the Hawks can afford to slowly bring him into the lineup as he develops defensively and rounds out his offensive play. You'll have secured one of the best shooters in the draft with the benefit of being successful in other areas without having to use a lottery pick to win it. To say that Jabari Smith was a favorite to be the No. 1 pick throughout the draft process would be an understatement. One book even had its chances of being voted number 1 in the overall ranking on Thursday with minus 10,000. Banchero's ultimate pick has cost punters everywhere big bucks, and now that the draft is over we still don't know exactly what happened to trigger that Smith buzz. As a reminder, a week before the NBA draft, most books had Banchero at odds of about plus 1600. And then, after midnight Thursday morning, Banchero became the favorite. In about an hour, Banchero jumped to odds that sat at minus 200 for the rest of the night. We don't yet have nearly enough information to understand what actually happened, but the impact of the swing should be of some concern to bettors. Las Vegas somehow knew about one of the most important NBA transactions of the year before the league's standout insiders knew. No one definitively reported Orlando's plans before the draft began. Normally we'd say the Magic did a great job of hiding their intentions, but there wasn't much reason for them to pick #1, and even if they did, the sports books definitely picked it up.

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Paolo Banchero becomes No. 1, Knicks trades, tips, grades, news, draft orders, players

NBA Draft Tracker 2022: Paolo Banchero Gets No. 1, Knicks Swaps, Tips, Grades, News, Draft Orders, Players (Author: Gardener)

Paolo BancheroThe first round of the 2022 NBA draft at Barclays Center is over, and there was a big upset at the top: The Orlando Magic picked Paolo Banchero with the No. 1 pick overall. Jabari Smith Jr., long considered a top pick, went to the Houston Rockets as the No. 3 pick. The New York Knicks made the night's first indraft trade, sending the number 11 to the Oklahoma City Thunder, who used it against Ousmane Dieng. The Thunder also drafted Chet Holmgren for second overall and Jalen Williams for 12th. To clear the salary cap room, they sent Kemba Walker to the Detroit Pistons as part of a team of three that also included the Hornets. The Pistons, who are expected to be without Walker, were one of the night's big winners. They took Jaden Ivey at number 5 and Jalen Duren, a promising young center from Memphis, at number 13 as part of the Walker trade. The Philadelphia 76ers also traded their first-round picks, sending Danny Green and the 23rd pick to the Memphis Grizzlies for De'Anthony Melton. Consider this live tracker your one-stop shop for all things NBA draft 2022. Want to know how a player fits into their new roster or who showed up to the draft in the best outfit? • 2022 NBA Draft Winners and Losers: Magic, Pistons Have Reasons to Celebrate • NBA Draft Live Board: Up-to-date analysis of every team's latest moves. • Train sleepers: These players could prove many teams wrong. • NBA Podcast Draft: Where are the Biggest Names Landing? Hours before the 2022 NBA Draft, two supplemental reports surfaced that suggested Kyrie Irving not only has a list of preferred targets should he end up going down the sign-and-trade route, but that Kevin Durant is also discussing his future thinking at the nets . The Durant report came from The Athletic's Shams Charania, while ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Irving's list of destinations. Wojnarowski noted that despite his interest, the teams on Irving's list may not prioritize him. Without a clear overall selection, much speculation swirls about what the Orlando Magic will do when they come up on the clock later Thursday. Jabari Smith still makes the most sense for the 1-ranked Magic, and if the Houston Rockets are worried about Oklahoma City Thunder taking over 2-ranked Banchero, they need to step up. The Rockets don't show their cards, but Banchero spoke highly of his time in Houston for his practice during his media availability, saying he could fit in well alongside Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. This could all be last minute smoke out of Orlando to lure Houston into a trade and sweeten the deal if they drop in 3rd place. NEW YORK -- The #1 pick in the 2022 NBA draft belongs to the Orlando Magic. "I'll be surprised if I'm not number 1," Jabari Smith Jr., Auburn's consensus top overall winner, told Yahoo Sports. If they retain the pick, all signs point to the Magic picking Auburn's Jabari Smith with the No. 1 overall pick. Smith, a 6-foot-11 forward, played a season at Auburn, and head coach Bruce Pearl knows exactly what kind of player the Magic gets when they take him first pick. For its size, it's the best jump shooter I've seen in college in over 20 years," Pearl told Yahoo Sports will lead Orlando to victory." - Krysten Peek NEW YORK - This time last year, Tari Eason was in the middle in a decision that would change the course of his career With 7.3 points and 5.9 rebounds in 18 minutes, Eason decided to enter the transfer portal and eventually ended up at LSU. At the time, Will Wade only had three players to the NBA Sent draft (especially Cam Thomas to the Brooklyn Nets in 27th place). in 2021), but Eason liked the freedom the offense offered and the idea of ​​playing in a new conference. "There was a learning curve and it was a new team, a new season, a new league and I just had to adapt to everything," Eason told Yahoo Sports. "It just made me feel more comfortable in the game and that's where things just started to open up." - Krysten Peek The 6ft 7 junior from Santa Clara shot after his strong display at the NBA draft combine on draft boards and cemented himself as a first-round pick.After practicing for a handful of teams, Williams' stock has continued to rise into the draft and there are late rumors of Williams sneaking into the lottery could, from No. 8 (New Orleans Pelicans) to No. 19 (Minnesota Timberwolves). "This process has just been a blessing," Williams told Yahoo Sports. "I come from a smaller school, but basketball is basketball and I have." I feel like I can compete at the highest level and I'm just willing to work for any team that picks me.” - Krysten Peek Yahoo Sports met with Smith at the draft's host hotel and Smith was visibly calm for 24 hours and relax nnt on the way to the draft. "I'm feeling great and ready for tomorrow," Smith told Yahoo Sports. "I might not sleep tonight, but that's just because I'm looking forward to tomorrow." — Krysten Peek The Detroit Pistons traded 28-year-old wing Jerami Grant to the Portland Trail Blazers for a top-ranked player, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski 4-drafted 2025 first-round draft pick from the Milwaukee Bucks. In the deal, Portland and Detroit will reportedly trade picks Nos. 36 and 46 in the second round of the NBA draft on Thursday. The Blazers will bring the Pistons' second-round pick back to Detroit in 2025. Portland also gave the Pistons the better of his own second-round pick and the New Orleans Pelicans in 2026. Grant averaged 19.2 points (on 43/36/84 shooting splits), 4.1 rebounds and 2.4 Assists in 31.9 minutes in 47 games for the Pistons last season. With him as the main option, however, Detroit won 43 games over the past two seasons. Grant is another wing in a long line of options the Blazers have tried to place around six-time All-Star point guard Damian Lillard and he could be the best of a group that includes Norman Powell, Robert Covington, Gary Trent Jr., Trevor Ariza, Rodney Hood, Mo Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu, among others. In the last 24 hours, Banchero's odds of being ranked #1 overall at BetMGM have shifted from +900 to +200 (Chet Holmgren is now at +225). That's enough momentum to think the Orlando Magic are considering No. 1 Banchero (many say it's a two-way race between Jabari Smith and Chet Holmgren). Banchero, with his 6-foot-10, 250-pound frame, is the most physically prepared of the top three players. When Holmgren and Banchero squared off last November, Banchero appeared to be the better player as he had 21 points, five rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes. A scout or manager from each NBA team was in the building and watched as Banchero excelled as the primary ball handler in transition, going toe-to-toe defensively with Holmgren. That swing in Vegas could be a hint that Banchero had an excellent training session in Orlando, with Holmgren playing coy and not saying who he was training for or how those training sessions were going. The first round of the NBA draft will be broadcast on ABC and ESPN. The second round will take place on ESPN. The NBA draft takes place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where the league's Brooklyn Nets play. This is the ninth straight year that the draft has been held at the Barclays Center. Charlotte (from New Orleans) - Mark Williams, C, Duke Minnesota (from Memphis via Utah) - Walker Kessler, C, Auburn Toronto (from Detroit via San Antonio, Washington and Chicago) - Christian Koloko, C, Arizona Denver (from Portland via Brooklyn and Detroit) - Ismael Kamagate, C, France Memphis (from Cleveland via New Orleans and Atlanta) - Vince Williams, F, VCU Cleveland (from Sacramento via Chicago, Memphis and Detroit) - Isaiah Mobley, F, USC This is the Current list of invitees to the Barclays Center Green Room for the NBA Draft, listed in alphabetical order. Paolo Banchero speaks with friends and family prior to the start of the NBA basketball draft on Thursday, June 23, 2022 in New York. There are two rounds in the NBA draft, and both will be played on June 23rd. In 2022, the NBA draft will have 58 picks instead of the usual 60 (30 in each round). The Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks each lost a second-round pick for violating league rules.

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