Surprising many, the Sacramento Kings kept their fourth pick and with it chose Keegan Murray. Other teams made offers for the pick, including the New York Knicks, but the Kings used it to select the talented forward from Iowa. During the telecast, ESPN’s Jay Bilas called Murray “The most ready to plug in right now.”
The Knicks had also attempted to swap with Detroit for their fifth pick. The Pistons kept theirs, too, selecting Jaden Ivey (Purdue) and crushing New York’s dream of landing a Ja Morant-type point guard. There was scuttlebutt about the Pistons taking Ivey with the intention of prolonging trade discussions, but it seems the human rocket will remain in the Motor City.
With the 11th pick, the Knicks chose Ousmane Dieng (F, 6’10”, New Zealand Breakers), but held him for approximately thirty seconds before swapping him with OKC for three conditional, future first round picks.
Knicks get from OKC, per source:— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) June 24, 2022
2023 first rounder from DET that's 1-18 protected through 2024, 1-13 in '25, 1-11 in '26, 1-9 in 2027.
2023 first from WAS that's 1-14, 1-12 in 2024, 1-10 in '25, 1-8 in 2026.
2023 first from DEN, protected 1-14 through 2025.
There was some confusion about Charlotte’s pick at 14. They selected Jalen Duren, who was then traded to the Knicks, who then sent him and Kemba Walker to Detroit. Acquiring the promising center should end the Pistons’ pursuit of Mitchell Robinson and curtail a bidding war for the Knicks’ big man.
WE HAVE A TRADE ‼️— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) June 24, 2022
The Pistons will acquire Jalen Duren and Kemba Walker from the Knicks, sources tell @ShamsCharania.
New York acquired Duren — who was picked No. 13 — in a separate deal with the Hornets. https://t.co/aTHqA0PK5a pic.twitter.com/7YKbCoYNyz
According to Stefan Bondy, “The Knicks traded four future second round picks and a conditional first round pick to the Hornets to shed Kemba Walker’s salary.” Zach Lowe added, “The Knicks will also be acquiring the Bucks 2025 first-round pick in the Pistons-Knicks-Hornets trade, per league sources. The Pistons got that MIL pick from Portland in the Jerami Grant deal yesterday.”
And thus concludes the Kemba Walker experiment. Here’s the draft order:
4. Sacramento Kings – Keegan Murray (F, Iowa)
11. New York Knicks to Oklahoma City – Ousmane Dieng (F, Breakers)
12. Oklahoma City Thunder – Jalen Williams (G, Santa Clara)
15. Charlotte Hornets – Mark Williams (C, Duke)
20. San Antonio Spurs – Malaki Branham (G, Ohio)
29. Memphis Grizzlies to the Rockets – TyTy Washington, Jr. (G, Kentucky)
The Knicks currently have the 42 pick in the second round. Unless they swap it. Which is likely.
Professor’s got more for you tomorrow! G’night, Knickerbockers.