The Pistons selected Jaden Ivey with the No. 5 pick, forming a potentially dynamic backcourt with last year’s top pick, Cade Cunningham.
However, the Knicks did not give up their pursuit of Ivey easily. They’re trying to strike a deal with Detroit to acquire the fast point guard from Purdue, according to Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer (Twitter link) and SNY TV’s Ian Begley (Twitter link).
Newsday’s Steve Popper tweet that the Pistons may have some interest if the center of Memphis Jalen Duren is still available at New York’s choice at No. 11. However, New York has chosen the French center instead Ousmane Diengtop international prospect, and move him to the Thunder in a trade, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweet.
The Knicks acquire several picks in this deal and make a last serious effort to trade for Ivey with those additional assets, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic. tweet.
New York is desperate for a primary guard to return to the playoffs after being empty last season.