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Pistons acquire Kemba Walker in three-team deal

Feb 10, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; New York Knicks guard Kemba Walker (8) dribbles past Golden State Warriors forward Jonathan Kuminga (00) during the first half at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

Four-time NBA All-Star Kemba Walker reportedly was shipped from the New York Knicks to the Detroit Pistons on Thursday as part of a three-team, draft-night trade.

The Charlotte Hornets selected Memphis center Jalen Duren with the 13th overall pick, and he was dealt to the Pistons, according to multiple media reports.

The Pistons agreed to accept Walker and his expiring contract (one year, $9.2 million remaining), while sending Charlotte a top-four protected 2025 first-round pick that originally belonged to the Milwaukee Bucks. Detroit had acquired that draft choice on Wednesday in a trade that sent Jerami Grant to the Portland Trail Blazers.

According to multiple media reports, the Pistons plan to discuss a contract buyout with Walker.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced on the draft broadcast that the Hornets also will get four future second-round draft picks.

In his lone season with the Knicks, Walker appeared in just 37 games, all starts, but was left inactive for the final 23 contests. He averaged 11.6 points, 3.5 assists and three rebounds.

Over his career with Charlotte (2011-12 to 2018-19), the Boston Celtics (2019-20 to 2020-21) and New York, Walker is averaging 19.5 points, 5.3 assists and 3.8 rebounds.

Duran, 18, was named the top freshman in the American Athletic Conference last season after averaging 12 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game. The 6-foot-11 center amassed 21 points and 20 rebounds in a conference tournament win over UCF.

–Field Level Media