Knicks star goes wild when he finds out team allegedly traded for former college teammate
With the trade deadline Thursday afternoon, NBA teams are scrambling and trying to get their last-ditch pick-ups ahead of their playoffs.
It’s safe to say Jalen Brunson is genuinely excited about what his New York Knicks would have done.
The Knicks acquired Josh Hart from the Portland Trail Blazers, who Brunson played with at Villanova, ESPN reported Wednesday.
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Brunson had his number removed by the Wildcats on Wednesday, and immediately after the ceremony he saw the commercial news on his phone.
And he started going crazy.
“Oh shit—!?” he shouted, showing the news to his friends and family.
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The Portland Trail Blazers, however, didn’t react the same way.
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Hart and Brunson spent two years together at Villanova, winning the national championship in 2016. Brunson added another title two years later while Hart was in the NBA.
The Knicks are 30-26 and currently sit in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, which puts them in the qualifying tournament. The Miami Heat currently own the sixth seed at 29-25.
New York sent Cam Reddish and a protected 2023 first-round pick to Portland to seal the deal.
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Brunson is averaging a career-high 23.2 points per game in his first year with the Knicks. Hart is averaging 9.5, but put up 14.9 per contest last season.