MIKAL BRIDGES, DRAFTED BY SIXERS IN ’18, TRADED TO NOVA/KNICKS!

By Tommy Matthews

ESPN is reporting that the Knicks and Nets made their first joint trade since 1983 with New York acquiring Mikal Bridges from Brooklyn for Bojan Bogdanovic, five first-round draft picks, a first-round pick swap and a second-round selection.

Brooklyn will receive unprotected New York picks in 2025, 2027, 2029 and 2031, along with an unprotected pick swap with New York in 2028. Brooklyn also will receive a top-four protected 2025 first-round pick via the Milwaukee Bucks, as well as a 2025 second-rounder.

The Knicks will acquire a 2026 second-round pick from the Nets to complete the deal.

Bridges, 27, has never missed a game in his NBA career, and he averaged 19.6 points this past season for Brooklyn. He is seen as one of the elite 3-and-D players in the league.

With the Knicks, Bridges reunites with former Villanova teammates Jalen Brunson, Josh Hart and Donte DiVincenzo, who led the Wildcats to the 2016 national championship. Brunson, Bridges and DiVincenzo went on to win a second title together two years later.

Now, they’ll look to help end a 52-year championship drought next spring for the Knicks, who won a playoff series in back-to-back seasons for the first time in 24 years after beating the Philadelphia 76ers 4-2 in the first round this past spring before losing to the Indiana Pacers in seven games in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Bridges is owed $23.3 million and $24.9 million over the final two years of his current contract. He is eligible to sign a two-year extension on Oct. 1 and can extend for an additional three years and $113 million in six months.

 

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