The New York Knicks are trading for Bojan Bogdanović and Alec Burks and sending Quentin Grimes to the Detroit Pistons, according to league sources. Along with Grimes, the Pistons will also receive Evan Fournier, Malachi Flynn and two second-round picks, per sources.
Knicks receive Bojan Bogdanovic and Alec Burks from Pistons for Quentin Grimes, Evan Fournier, Malachi Flynn and two second-round picks. pic.twitter.com/U0yC5bYWAX
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 8, 2024
Bogdanović, 34, had his highest-scoring two-year stint in the NBA with the Pistons. He averaged a career-high 21.6 points per game on 41.1 percent shooting from 3-point range during the 2022-23 season through 59 games. Through 28 games this season, Bogdanović has posted 20.2 points on 41.5 percent from long range.
The 10-year veteran has been a steady scoring presence in Detroit since coming over from the Utah Jazz.
Burks is averaging 12.6 points per game in 43 contests for the Pistons, all off the bench. The 32-year-old was traded from New York to Detroit in July after signing a multi-year deal with the Knicks in 2021.
The Athletic reported in mid-January that the Knicks were fielding calls for Grimes. The 23-year-old fell out of favor with coach Tom Thibodeau and lost the starting shooting guard job to Donte DiVincenzo on Dec. 8, 2023.
Grimes, the 25th pick in the 2021 draft, is averaging 7.3 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game this season.
Why New York is moving on from Grimes
Grimes had a tremendous 2022-23 season that showcased his value as one of the better young 3-and-D wings in the NBA. He averaged 11.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game while shooting 47 percent from the field and 39 percent from 3. He took on tough defensive assignments on the wing, showcasing physicality on the ball and an ability to stay in front of opposing players. Overall, he was worth about 6.1 wins last season, according to Taylor Snarr’s Estimated Plus Minus model — a top-15 mark among shooting guards. Grimes was a league-average starter in just his second NBA season.
However, this season has not gone according to plan. Grimes, who dealt with an illness and a sprained left wrist that held him out of a couple of games in November, remained useful on defense. But his offensive game, outside of his 3-point shot, fell off a cliff. He’s playing about 20 minutes per game while coming off the bench and fell behind Josh Hart, DiVincenzo and newcomer OG Anunoby in the rotation. Thibodeau, in particular, had been reluctant to play DiVincenzo and Grimes together. — Sam Vecenie, NBA senior writer
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