A deal has been reached — and it’s a good one.
The Knicks accomplished their goal of bolstering the bench with a Deadline Day move with the Detroit Pistons.
New York has traded Quentin Grimes, Evan Fournier, Malachi Flynn, Ryan Arcidiacono and a pair of second-round picks to Detroit in exchange for veteran guard Alec Burks and forward Bojan Bogdanovic, according to ESPN.
It is a move that clearly improves the roster without costing the Knicks’ front office any of its valuable first-round draft pick capital, which the organization is hoarding for an offseason move should a marquee player become available via trade.
The Knicks were among the more active teams approaching Thursday’s 3 p.m. NBA trade deadline, and after absorbing a slew of injuries that ravaged the roster in the weeks that followed the OG Anunoby trade the Knicks needed to make a move to shore up their corps entering NBA All-Star Weekend.
Acquiring Burks and Bogdanovic does just that, and it replaces much of the second-unit production the team lost when it traded away Sixth Man of the Year runner-up Immanuel Quickley and former No. 3-overall pick R.J. Barrett in the Anunoby deal, both of whom captained a second unit that has since plummeted to second-worst in bench scoring since the trade with the Toronto Raptors.
More to come on this developing story.