Knicks Acquire OG Anunoby in Trade with Raptors

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Reports confirm that OG Anunoby, an experienced small forward in the NBA, is changing teams.

The Toronto Raptors are making a trade, sending Anunoby, along with Malachi Flynn and Precious Achiuwa, to the New York Knicks. In return, they’re getting RJ Barrett, Immanuel Quickley, and a second-round draft pick.

Anunoby has been in the league for seven years and has been putting up solid numbers this season with averages of 15.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game in 27 starts for Toronto. Throughout his career, he’s maintained averages of 11.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.6 assists across 395 games.

Anunoby, chosen as the 23rd pick in the first round of the 2017 NBA draft, was the league leader in steals per game last season, averaging 1.9. He’s currently playing under a contract worth $18.6 million for this season, with the option to decide on a player contract valued at $19.9 million for the next season.

Barrett and Quickley were both drafted in the first round too. Barrett was picked at No. 3 in 2019 while Quickley got chosen at No. 25 in 2020.

Barrett’s been putting up solid stats, averaging 18.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.4 assists. He’s locked into a contract that keeps him with the team until the 2026-27 season.

Quickley’s been making his mark too, averaging 15.0 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 2.5 assists. He’s on contract until 2024-25.

Achiuwa, picked at No. 20 in the first round by the Miami Heat in 2020, has been contributing with 7.7 points and 5.4 rebounds while coming off the bench this season.

Flynn, who was Toronto’s No. 29 pick in the same draft, is averaging 5.1 points per game as a bench player.

As for the draft pick involved in the trade, it’s a second-rounder coming from New York through the Detroit Pistons, according to Wojnarowski.

Anunoby has the chance to sign a significant contract extension worth $116.9 million for four years with the Knicks starting this Saturday, as noted by ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

If he doesn’t seize this opportunity, he can opt for a two-year extension worth $40 million in the following six months, but after June 30, he’d be able to pursue the larger $116.9 million deal again.

Free agency is set to kick off on July 1.

The Knicks plan to release shooting guard DaQuan Jeffries in order to open up a roster spot for the trade, as reported by Charania.

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