NBA: Knicks clear cap space in pursuit of Jalen Brunson

FILE–Jalen Brunson #13 of the Dallas Mavericks. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

The New York Knicks reportedly agreed to deal two veteran players on Tuesday, all part of their expected pursuit of free agent guard Jalen Brunson.

Center Nerlens Noel and guard Alec Burks, two future second-round picks and cash are headed from New York to the Detroit Pistons, according to multiple media outlets. The Knicks would receive nothing in return — aside from clearing salary-cap space as they prepare to chase Brunson.

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ESPN reported that the Knicks can now offer Brunson up to $110 million.

Noel is set to make $9.24 million in the 2022-23 season, and Burks is due to receive $10.49 million, per The contracts for both players include team options for 2023-24.

Brunson is due to be one of the top players on the market when NBA free agency opens on Thursday. The 25-year-old guard enjoyed a career year with the Dallas Mavericks in 2021-22, averaging career best in points (16.3 per game), assists (4.8), rebounds (3.9) and steals (0.8).