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NBA strips Knicks of 2025 draft pick for tampering

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NBA strips Knicks of 2025 draft pick for tampering

KEY PLAYER. Jalen Brunson has been a key acquisition for the Knicks.

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The NBA says that the Knicks engaged in free agency discussions with Jalen Brunson prior to the permitted date

The NBA stripped the New York Knicks of their 2025 second-round draft pick after an investigation into tampering in the Jalen Brunson signing.

The league said Wednesday, December 21, that the Knicks engaged in free agency discussions with the then-Dallas Mavericks point guard prior to the permitted date.

The Knicks fully cooperated with the investigation, the NBA said.

Brunson, 26, signed a four-year, $104 million contract with New York on July 12.

He is averaging 20.8 points, 6.2 assists and 3.2 rebounds through 31 starts with the Knicks this season. The fifth-year pro is shooting 37.4% from three-point range and 89.0 percent from the free throw line. – Rappler.com

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