Detroit Pistons purchase veteran Kemba Walker from New York Knicks as a part of 3-team commerce

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The Pistons acquired veteran guard Kemba Walker from the New York Knicks as a part of a three-team commerce involving the Charlotte Hornets that additionally noticed Detroit purchase the draft rights to Jalen Duren on Thursday evening.

Walker and the Pistons are anticipated to debate a contract buyout that may enable him to grow to be a free agent, sources instructed ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Knicks made the primary commerce of the NBA draft, sending the draft rights to Ousmane Dieng, the No. 11 general choose, to the Oklahoma City Thunder for 3 future conditional first-round picks from the Denver Nuggets, Washington Wizards and Pistons.

New York then traded the Nuggets first-rounder they acquired from Oklahoma City, plus 4 second-round picks, to the Hornets for the rights to Duren, the Memphis heart who was picked No. 13 by Charlotte. New York then traded Duren and Walker to the Pistons for a 2025 conditional Milwaukee Bucks first-round choose.

The 32-year-old Walker is on an expiring $9.2 million wage for this upcoming season, in response to ESPN’s Bobby Marks. The chances are Walker will go into the commerce exception created as soon as the Pistons finalize dealing ahead Jerami Grant to the Portland Trail Blazers, Marks reported.

In February, the Knicks and Walker agreed that the four-time All-Star could be sidelined for the rest of the season to permit him to work out in preparation for 2022-23. Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau dropped Walker from the Knicks’ enjoying rotation in mid-November, and Walker additionally battled knee soreness in January.

Walker averaged 11.6 factors and three rebounds in 37 video games final season.


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