Knicks to Lose Second-Round Pick for Violating Free Agency Rules

The Knicks are being docked their own second-round pick in 2025 for violating NBA rules governing free agency, the league announced in a press release.Jalen Brunson

One of two teams being investigated for jumping the gun and tampering ahead of the free agency period, the Knicks signed guard Jalen Brunson to a four-year, $104 million contract — a deal that was reportedly in place before free agency had even begun.

It was also believed by the Mavericks that Brunson had agreed to the Knicks deal before the start of the NBA’s negotiating period.

“This outcome reflected a finding, following an investigation, that the Knicks engaged in free agency discussions involving Jalen Brunson before the date when such discussions were permitted,” the NBA said in its release, adding that the Knicks “fully cooperated” with the investigation.

The league was also investigating the Knicks’ signing of center Isaiah Hartenstein, though concluded there were no violations in that arrangement.

As it stands, the Knicks (18-13) have won eight straight entering Wednesday’s game against the Raptors, and Brunson is clearly a big reason why.

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