2022 NBA Draft

Knicks trade Kemba Walker to Pistons in 3-team deal

New York has begun clearing cap room during a busy Draft night, reportedly trading the veteran point guard to Detroit.

Kemba Walker is reportedly headed to Detroit, but may not be around for long.

New York is sending Kemba Walker to Detroit as part of a three-team trade that will also reportedly see the Pistons acquire No. 13 overall pick Jalen Duren from Charlotte, per multiple reports.

In exchange for Duren, the Hornets will reportedly acquire a future first-round pick and multiple future second-round picks.

Charlotte receives:

• 2023 first-round pick (from Denver via Oklahoma City and New York)
• 2023 second-round pick (via New York)
• 2023 second-round pick (via Utah)
• 2023 second-round pick (most favorable of Dallas/Miami)
• 2024 second-round pick (via New York)

Detroit receives:

• 2022 draft rights to Jalen Duren (via Charlotte)
• Kemba Walker (via New York)

Walker, whose role fluctuated wildly in his first and possibly only season in New York, will be bought out by the Pistons, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Duren, a 6-foot-11 big man, figures to factor more heavily into Detroit’s future plans.

New York, meanwhile, appears set on carving out cap space for when free agency officially opens next month. The Knicks had agreed on a trade that sent their No. 11 overall pick to Oklahoma City in exchange for three future first-round picks. This latest deal would also send out Walker’s $9 million remaining salary, while returning another future first, a protected pick originally belonging to the Milwaukee Bucks.