Trade Shocker: Nets Send Mikal Bridges to Knicks in Boozy Reunion with Villanova Teammates

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On a bright summer morning of June 26, 2024, an astonishing basketball trade had the sporting world buzzing. Mikal Bridges, an acclaimed name in the basketball court, was set to be traded by the Brooklyn Nets to none other than their New York neighbors, the Knicks. The information was confidentially shared by insiders who were privy to the trade details.

Reeling back to 1983, the last time a trade took place between the New York rivals, no one saw this new development coming. The trade promises to reunite Bridges with his former Villanova teammates Jalen Brunson, Josh Hart, and Donte DiVincenzo. This incredible bunch had together propelled the Wildcats to secure two coveted NCAA championships. They were also the backbone of the Knicks lineup that accelerated to the Eastern Conference semifinals during the prior season.

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According to industry speculation, the Knicks are rumored to shell out an unrevealed sum of money that’s expected to be significant. Alongside, they will part ways with Bojan Bogdanovic, sending him to the Nets. Four unprotected first-round picks and one protected pick would also be sent to the Nets as part of the deal. This information could not be officially confirmed.

Bridges came to the Nets from Phoenix in an arrangement for Kevin Durant in February of 2023. In that season, he astonishingly average of 26.1 points, aiding the Brooklyn team to secure a spot in the playoffs. However, in the 2023-24 season, despite Bridges managing an impressive 19.6 points per game, the Nets unusually slipped to 32-50 and missed entering the postseason.

Brunson had joined the Knicks in the summer of 2022 and Hart was traded to them in the 2022-23 season. Later, the Knicks signed DiVincenzo. The team clinched the second round in both ensuing seasons. Considering their victorious legacy, the prospect of Bridges joining this team gifts the Knicks incredible promise. As Bridges watched his old companions from the sidelines, he noticed the camaraderie they enjoyed, setting the stage for the reunion of the formative Villanova team.

In disbelief, Bridges took to the social media platform X, expressing his sentiment in a lighthearted manner, writing “This is crazy lol.” The joy was evident in Hart’s post as well, where he shared a picture of the four players, their faces illuminated with smiles during a group video call.

The trade deal also augments the Nets with more picks for potential future trades or draft selections.

The Knicks’ devotees will have high hopes since the team was just one game away from their first Eastern Conference finals since 2000 in the previous season. In a surprising twist of fate, many key players had been side-lined due to injuries.

Comforting for the Knicks fans is that their new addition, Mikal Bridges, has proven to be injury-resistant. In 2022, Bridges had been runner-up for the Defensive Player of the Year award. Currently, he’s the NBA’s most durable player and has played in every single game, 474, to be precise, of his professional career. His unfailing presence on the court also extends to his college days. He led in minutes played in the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons. Such dependability should find favor with Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau.

One must remember, however, that Brunson had originally signed with the Knicks during the summer of 2022, a minor correction from previous reports stating otherwise.