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NBA Twitter was twisted in confusion over Knicks’ Jalen Duren, Jaden Ivey draft night drama

New York Knicks guard Kemba Walker. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

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The New York Knicks were active on NBA Draft night but they left pretty much everyone confused with their moves surrounding Jalen Duren and others.

What the heck just happened?

Knicks fans and just about everyone else keeping track of the NBA Draft were asking that while trying to make sense of what exactly the franchise was trying to accomplish on Thursday night.

Just as rumors of New York making a run at trading for Detroit No. 5 selection, Jaden Ivey, the Knicks appeared to make a move that got everyone excited…and then had them scratching their heads.

So here’s how it all went down.

The confusion started when Shams Charania reported that the Knicks acquired No. 13 pick, Jalen Duren, from the Hornets in practically the same second that Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Pistons had picked up Duren themselves.

Sources: Hornets traded Jalen Duren to the Knicks.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 24, 2022

Tremendous coup for Detroit GM Troy Weaver to land two of his top targets in this draft: Jaden Ivey and Jalen Duren — with the cost of only a future first-round pick.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 24, 2022

Charania then added that Kemba Walker was heading from New York to the Pistons along with Duren.

That means a three-team trade essentially resulted in the Hornets getting draft picks while the Pistons got Duren and the Knicks dumped Kemba Walker’s contract.

For a second there, it seemed as though New York might pull off an Ivey trade, using picks they got from trading their No. 11 pick to Oklahoma City along with Duren to get their guy. Instead, Detroit ended up with both players and fans were left speechless.

Knicks fans were put through the wringer on NBA Draft night

Knicks have made 3 trades and I have no idea who they’re getting

— Talkin’ Knicks (@TalkinKnicks) June 24, 2022

Jalen Duren’s wingspan is so wide he could play for the Knicks and Pistons at the same time

— Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) June 24, 2022

Once the dust settled, that seem like a whole lot of to do for the Knicks to shed just $8 million in salary.

I remember when Knicks fans clowned Brad for having to attach a 1st round pick to get off Kemba’s deal when it was a max

Did the Knicks just do that to shed his $8M salary? Life comes at you fast

— Dan Greenberg (@StoolGreenie) June 24, 2022

Whatever the Knicks are doing, they might want to leak it now before the torches and pitchforks converge on MSG.

— Steve Popper (@StevePopper) June 24, 2022

Going to let it all play out tonight before I explode. But if nothing changes, EXPLODE I WILL. #Knicks

— Brandon Tierney (@BrandonTierney) June 24, 2022

New York’s rush to cut salary appears linked to their pursuit of Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson. The pressure will now hit hard with fans expecting a big move to justify possibly getting fleeced by the Pistons.

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