NBA removes a draft pick from the New York Knicks

The NBA has ended its tampering investigation into the New York Knicks, concluding that the franchise has been the protagonist of tampering, irregularities in the signature of Jalen Brunson during last summer. As punishment, the Knicks will lose the second-round pick in the 2025 Draft, which will not be reassigned. As a result, 59 players will be selected in the 2025 Draft.

Brunson signed a four-year contract with New York at $104 million, but negotiations would begin before the date specified in the rules. Moreover, it did not seem a secret: in the weeks before free agency, the Knicks had even hired the player’s father, Rick Brunson, on their coaching staff.

The Knicks will probably be quite happy to sacrifice a second-round pick anyway, as Brunson is among New York’s best of the season. The former Dallas guard is scoring. 20.8 points average, while the franchise is on a roll with 8 consecutive wins and momentary sixth place in the East.

The NBA says New York been docked a 2025 second-round pick after an investigation found “that the Knicks engaged in free agency discussions involving Jalen Brunson prior to the date when such discussions were permitted.”
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