August 18, 2022

KEY POINTS

  • Kemba Walker’s transfer to Detroit is prone to be momentary
  • Walker might develop into one of many fascinating free brokers this summer season
  • He has but to discover his groove since leaving the Charlotte Hornets in 2019

Kemba Walker is reportedly headed to the Detroit Pistons after he was traded by the New York Knicks in a three-team deal that additionally concerned the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday, June 23.

The multi-team commerce gave the impression to be centered on the incoming freshmen, notably Ousmane Dieng and Jalen Duren.

In a report from ESPN, the Knicks first despatched Dieng to the Oklahoma Thunder in trade for 3 future first-round picks from the Denver Nuggets, Washington Wizards, and Pistons.

After that, New York traded their first-rounder that they acquired from the Thunder along with 4 second-round picks to the Hornets in trade for Duren.

The Knicks then traded the thirteenth total choose to the Pistons for a 2025 conditional first-round choose owned by the Milwaukee Bucks.

When the smoke cleared, Walker ended up with the Pistons. Nonetheless, it seems this shall be short-lived.

In response to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Pistons and the four-time All-Star are anticipated to sit down down and speak about a possible contract buyout.

Walker is owed $9.2 million for the 2022-23 season. He’s possible to enter the commerce exception space as soon as one other commerce involving Jerami Grant is finalized.

Grant will be part of the Portland Path Blazers together with a 2022 second-round choose swap in trade for the Pistons’ 2022 second-rounder together with a 2025 first and second-round choose, NBA.com reported.

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Walker, who moved to the Knicks in 2021, did not make an influence for the ballclub.

He additionally missed some video games as a result of his knee harm and by no means obtained into the groove of issues.

He and the Knicks reached an settlement, the place the 32-year-old would sit out the remainder of the 2021-22 season.

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

Therefore, the eye will now be on free company with most attempting to determine the place Walker would finest slot in.

Since leaving the Hornets in 2019 and becoming a member of the Boston Celtics, the two-time NBA Sportsmanship Award winner’s profession has been on the decline.

Though he’s a veteran, Walker might find yourself settling for a backup position for groups in want of a degree guard who can rating when required to take action.

Kemba Walker #8 of the New York Knicks Photograph: Getty Photos | Jared C. Tilton

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