NBA trade deadline winners (Knicks) and losers (Mavs)

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The Knicks were one backup playmaker away from real championship contention. They reached contender status by acquiring Alec Burks and Bojan Bogdanović from Detroit for Quentin Grimes, Evan Fournier, Malachi Flynn, Ryan Arcidiacono, and two second-round picks. It was another fleece by Leon Rose, who have now acquired Bogdanović, Burks, Precious Achiuwa, and OG Anunoby without giving up a single first-round pick —masterclass stuff. Bojan will provide elite shooting while Julius Randle and Anunoby nurse injuries. Burks gives the team playmaking and continuity, as he has already played with the team during the Tom Thibodeau era. Bojan shoots 40% on catch-and-shoot threes and 47% on pull-up threes. Burks is shooting 41% on catch-and-shoot threes and 38% on pull-up threes. The Knicks are going to the Finals.


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