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Published Time: 26.06.2024 - 02:47:52 Modified Time: 26.06.2024 - 02:47:52

The deal is the fifth between the two New York franchises since the Nets entered the NBA in 1976 -- and the first since the Nets traded Len Elmore to the Knicks for a 1984 second-round pick (used on Tom Sluby) on June 22, 1983. Mikal Bridges



Adrian Wojnarowski weighs in on the Knicks' decision to acquire Mikal Bridges from the Brooklyn Nets. (1:15)

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.

The deal is the fifth between the two New York franchises since the Nets entered the NBA in 1976 -- and the first since the Nets traded Len Elmore to the Knicks for a 1984 second-round pick (used on Tom Sluby) on June 22, 1983.

Almost 41 years to the day later, the teams struck a true blockbuster trade with massive reverberations for both franchises moving forward.

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 a first-round series this past spring before losing to the Indiana Pacers in seven games in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Sources told Wojnarowski that New York remains focused on attempting to re-sign forward OG Anunoby, whom they acquired midseason from the Toronto Raptors and who is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. The Knicks also hope to re-sign center Isaiah Hartenstein but are limited in what they can pay him due to only holding his early Bird rights -- which means, at most, he can sign a four-year, $72.5 million deal with the team.

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By landing Bridges and Anunoby in consecutive deals, New York is arming itself with as much length, versatility and shooting on the perimeter as possible in order to contend with the champion Boston Celtics for Eastern Conference supremacy.

Bridges has played 474 straight games to begin his career, the longest streak in the NBA over the past 40 seasons. He is one of four players with 1,500 points, 150 3-pointers and 75 steals in each of the past two seasons, joining Luka Doncic, Anthony Edwards and Jayson Tatum.

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