Five takeaways from explosive Mikal Bridges-Knicks trade 

Tuesday, the Knicks bet all on Mikal Bridges, another Villanova star.  

An ambitious initiative, but does it alter the Eastern power balance? Who wins and loses this trade? Did the Knicks overpay for a non-All-Star?  

Five trade takeaways, officially broken down:  

The Knicks will receive Bridges and a 2026 second-round pick, while the Nets will receive Bojan Bogdanovic, four unprotected first-round picks (Knicks picks in 2025, 2027, 2029, 2031), the Bucks' 2025 protected pick, a 2028 pick exchange, and a 2025 second-round pick.  

Bridges has been secretly lobbying to play with his former Villanova teammates Jalen Brunson, Josh Hart, and Donte DiVincenzo in New York for some time, but it appeared implausible.  

At the trade deadline and throughout the offseason, the Nets front management told other clubs they would not sell Bridges and would instead sign a star to surround him and Nic Claxton.  

The Knicks made a bold move by trading five first-round picks for a non-All-Star.  

The Knicks overpaid for one of the league's greatest talents with five first-round picks. In exchange for Durant, the Suns traded Bridges, Cam Johnson, a first-round pick, and fading Jae Crowder.  

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