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Windhorst: Knicks Were Trying to Trade Up or Back ‘The Entire Day’ Of 2022 NBA Draft

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The New York Knicks made the first trade of the 2022 NBA draft on Thursday night, but they were actively working to make moves before the event even began.

On the latest episode of The Hoop Collective (starts at the 20:30 mark), ESPN’s Brian Windhorst noted the Knicks “were interested in trading back” if they couldn’t trade up for “the entire day” leading up to the draft.

General manager Scott Perry eventually made a big splash during the draft with a three-team trade involving the Oklahoma City Thunder and Detroit Pistons.

Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Knicks traded the draft rights to No. 11 overall pick Ousmane Dieng to the Thunder for three future conditional first-round picks from the Denver Nuggets, Washington Wizards and Pistons.

The Knicks flipped the Nuggets’ first-round pick and four second-round picks to the Charlotte Hornets for the draft rights to No. 13 overall pick Jalen Duren. Duren and Kemba Walker were then sent to Detroit for a conditional 2025 first-round pick from the Milwaukee Bucks.

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