The New York Knicks removed Kemba Walker and added no players in the first round of the NBA draft on Thursday. Walker wasn’t around the Knicks late in the season and now he won’t be with them at all after they agreed to deal him to the Detroit Pistons. That was among the multiple deals made by the Knicks as they apparently eye salary cap space for future moves.
In a draft night stunner on Thursday, the Orlando Magic defied conventional wisdom by taking Duke’s Paolo Banchero over Auburn’s Jabari Smith and Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren with the No. pick. Fierce debates over the top selection are fairly common, but usually they get sorted out — and leaked — well before the prospects hit the Barclays Center stage.
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