The Detroit Pistons acquired veteran guard Kemba Walker from the New York Knicks in a three-team trade involving the Charlotte Hornets that also saw the Pistons acquire Jalen Duren’s draft rights on Thursday night, sources said. to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Walker and the Pistons are expected to discuss a contract buyout that will allow him to become a free agent, sources told Wojnarowski.
Walker, 32, is on an expiring salary of $9.2 million for the upcoming season, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks. Walker is likely to enter the trade exception created once the Pistons complete the trade of forward Jerami Grant to the Portland Trail Blazers, Marks reported.
In February, the Knicks and Walker agreed that the four-time All-Star would be sidelined for the remainder of the season to allow him to train for 2022-23. Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau removed Walker from the Knicks’ playing rotation in mid-November, and Walker also battled knee pain in January.
Walker averaged 11.6 points and three rebounds in 37 games last season.
Memphis center Duren went No. 13 to the Hornets on Thursday before being traded to the Pistons for a 2025 first-round pick, sources told Wojnarowski. Duren averaged 12 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game as a rookie last season.