The team had Knicks fans fuming after making three controversial trades Thursday night. Amid the backlash, team president Leon Rose felt the need to address why these decisions were made. The team tweeted Rose's statement Friday afternoon.
Knicks President Leon Rose on last night’s draft activity. pic.twitter.com/E2JEIbRzbG
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) June 24, 2022
“Last night, we made three trades involving draft picks, which resulted in increased financial flexibility and additional draft capital moving forward,” Rose said. He explained that the Knicks now have 22 picks over the next seven years, 11 first-round and 11 second-round picks.
Rose then tried to defuse the fans' anger by ensuring them that the Knicks will be active the rest of the offseason.
“We have the ability to be active in free agency, as well as in the trade market. Our focus will remain to be strategic and thoughtful in our team building, doing it the right way, while feeding off of the momentum from the end of last season and prioritizing our player development program.”
One of the trades being criticized by fans is the Knicks' deal with the Detroit Pistons. New York received a 2025 first-round pick via the Milwaukee Bucks. In exchange, the Pistons received both Kemba Walker and the Knicks' 13th overall pick, Jalen Duren.