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Nets fleece Knicks in blockbuster deal; Knicks add Mikal Bridges

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The New York Knicks have made a blockbuster deal hours before the 2024 NBA Draft. The team made a pricey acquisition for Mikal Bridges in a trade with the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night.

In exchange, the Knicks appear to be fleeced. The Nets acquired Bojan Bogdanović, four unprotected first-round draft picks, a protected first-round draft pick from the Milwaukee Bucks, an unprotected pick swap, and a future second-round draft pick.

Former Brooklyn Nets star Mikal Bridges shoots the ball in the first quarter over Nicolas Batum against the Philadelphia 76ers
Mikal Bridges shoots the ball in the first quarter over Nicolas Batum against the Philadelphia 76ers (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the unprotected first-round picks will come in 2025, 2027, 2029, and 2031. In addition, the Nets acquired the 2025 Bucks-protected first-round pick.

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The teams agreed to a 2028 unprotected pick swap and a 2025 second-round draft pick. The Knicks also received a 2026 second-round draft pick with Bridges.

One would have thought that this may have ended OG Anunoby’s tenure with the team. He was acquired by the team last December in a trade with the Toronto Raptors.

Hours before the deal, Anunoby opted out of his contract. However, according to Wojnarowski, the Knicks would like to try to re-sign him.

The 27-year-old Philadelphia native will be joining his third NBA team. He was acquired by the Nets in the blockbuster deal for Kevin Durant.

The Nets return for Durant includes nine first-round draft picks and two pick swaps. In addition, the team also added Cam Johnson and Noah Clowney, who was a 2023 first-round draft pick.

In his NBA career, Bridges has averaged 14.3 points per game. He also averaged 4.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.6 blocks per game.

He is reunited with his Villanova teammates on the Knicks. Those teammates are Jalen Brunson, Josh Hart, and Donte DiVincenzo.

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The 35-year-old Bogdanović may be released or involved in an additional deal in the weeks ahead. Likely, he will not play for the rebuilding Nets.

In his career, Bogdanović has played for six NBA teams in the past 10 seasons. He returns for the Nets in this deal, where he played parts of three seasons from 2014-15 through the 2016-17 season.

He has also played for the Utah Jazz, Indiana Pacers, Detroit Pistons, the Knicks, and the Washington Wizards.

His career average is 15.6 points per game. He also had 3.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.6 steals, and 0.1 blocks per game.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso IIIhttps://thecapitalsportsreport.com
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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