Knicks trade Nerlens Noel, Alec Burks to Pistons to clear cap space for Jalen Brunson

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The New York Knicks are clearing the way to make a run for Jalen Brunson.

The team is trading center Nerlens Noel and guard Alec Burks to the Detroit pistons, as well as two future second-round picks and cash, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

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The $30 million the Knicks have cleared is more than many projected they would, which could leave them enough room to target another high profile player.

Brunson is reportedly seeking a four-year deal in excess of $100 million. He declined an extension from the Dallas Mavericks prior to the season an reportedly seemed like he was interested in returning, but the Knicks have suddenly emerged as the favorites to land the 25-year-old.

The Knicks also recently added Rick Brunson, Jalen’s father, to their coaching staff.

Noel, a former sixth overall pick, spent the last two seasons in New York where he averaged 4.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and 1.1 steals per game in 23.7 minutes per game.

Burks, an 11-year veteran, averaged 11.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, three assists and a steal per game last season.

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