The 2022 NBA Draft featured a number of teams coming out with big hauls that can potentially help build their future for the better.
They came into the draft with the No. 11 and No. 42 picks before trading the 11th pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder for three future first-round picks.
Then the Knicks traded one of those future first-round picks along with four future second-round picks to the Charlotte Hornets for the 13th pick in the draft.
NBA Insider Tim Bontemps best summed their activity last night, with the team ultimately receiving three future first-round picks in return for four future second-round picks, Kemba Walker, and the 11th pick.
What the Knicks did tonight:
NYK trades 11th pick to OKC
OKC trades 3 firsts (23 DEN, DET, WASH) to NYK
NYK then trades 23 DEN, 4 seconds to CHA for 13th pick
NYK then trade 13th pick & Kemba Walker to DET for MKE's 25 first
NYK trades 11, Kemba, 4 2nds & gets 3 future 1sts
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) June 24, 2022
It was a wild and hectic night for the Knicks and Knicks fans, who were extremely confused and mostly just flat-out upset by their moves on Thursday.
Stephen A. Smith has thoughts on the New York Knicks' draft. 🏀😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/OTEiBKYOP7
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) June 24, 2022
Reactions from fans prompted Knicks president Leon Rose to release a statement on Friday, explaining their decision-making during the draft.
“Last night, we made three tables involving draft picks, which resulted in increased financial flexibility and additional draft capital moving forward. We now have a total of 22 picks, 11 in the first round and 11 in the second round, over the next seven years. We have the ability to be active in free agency, as well as in the trade market. Our focus will remain to be strategic and thoughtful in our team building, doing it the right way, while feeding off of the momentum from the end of the last season and prioritizing our player development program.”
“Thank you to Knicks fans for your continued support.”
Knicks President Leon Rose on last night’s draft activity. pic.twitter.com/E2JEIbRzbG
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) June 24, 2022
Reports suggest that the Knicks made a majority of these moves to potentially go for incoming free agent Jalen Brunson this offseason, who had a breakout year for the Dallas Mavericks in the 2021-22 season.
The Jalen Brunson Sweepstakes just got real. My in-depth story on the major momentum New York is building in its bid to sign Brunson away from Dallas: https://t.co/9ahSR7OBag
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 24, 2022
Most Knicks fans’ issues with their moves are that they haven’t exactly been a major destination in free agency as of late.
While Munson’s father is on New York’s staff and Rose used to be his agent, the Mavericks reportedly still feel optimistic about their chances to keep Brunson, and if the Knicks do all of this to end up with nobody yet again in free agency, it will be yet another failure of an offseason for New York.