Knicks get rid of Kemba Walker, sent to Pistons

We were wondering what the Knicks were doing when they traded Usman Dieng, their 11th pick, to Oklahoma City in exchange for a future first-round pick. But we quickly understood.

Because in the process, ESPN and The Athletic announced that New York, Charlotte and Detroit had agreed to a triangle swap. So the Hornets sent their 13th pick, center Jalen Duren, to the Knicksā€¦ who immediately moved him to the Pistons along with Kemba Walker, whom they didn’t want anymore.

Having given up their 11th pick and dumped the former Hornets All-Star, New York now has an $18 million salary margin. Enough to bring Jalen Brunson back from free will?

New York receives a first-round pick from Milwaukee (protected 1-4) in 2025, which Detroit just received in exchange for Jerami Grant. The Pistons, who already got their hands on defenseman Jayden Ivey with their 5th pick, are thus restoring another big potential, Jalen Duren, without losing much. The Knicks sent the Hornets multiple draft picks (Denver’s first round in 2023 and four second-round picks).

However, Kembe Walker shouldn’t stay with the Pistons as ESPN is already talking about a “buyout” that would see the 32-year-old leader become a “free agent” this summer.

Kemba Walker Percent rebounds
Season Crew grandmaster Minimum shots 3 points LF turned off Protection Early pd the consignment Intern. bp CT points
2011-12 CHA 66 27 36.6 30.5 78.9 0.5 3.1 3.6 4.4 1.2 0.9 1.8 0.3 12.1
2012-13 CHA 82 35 42.3 32.2 79.8 0.7 2.7 3.5 5.7 1.9 2.0 2.4 0.4 17.7
2013-14 CHA 73 36 39.3 33.3 83.7 0.5 3.7 4.2 6.1 1.8 1.2 2.3 0.4 17.7
2014-15 CHA 62 34 38.5 30.4 82.7 0.6 3.0 3.6 5.1 1.5 1.4 1.6 0.5 17.3
2015-16 CHA 81 36 42.7 37.1 84.7 0.7 3.7 4.4 5.2 1.4 1.6 2.1 0.5 20.9
2016-17 CHA 79 35 44.3 39.9 84.7 0.6 3.3 3.9 5.5 1.5 1.1 2.1 0.3 23.2
2017-18 CHA 80 34 43.1 38.4 86.4 0.4 2.7 3.1 5.6 1.2 1.1 2.2 0.3 22.1
2018-19 CHA 82 35 43.4 35.6 84.4 0.6 3.8 4.4 5.9 1.6 1.2 2.6 0.4 25.6
2019-20 LS 56 31 42.5 38.1 86.4 0.6 3.2 3.9 4.8 1.6 0.9 2.1 0.5 20.5
2020-21 LS 43 32 42.0 36.0 89.9 0.4 3.6 4.0 4.9 1.4 1.1 2.1 0.3 19.3
2021-22 New York 37 26 40.3 36.7 84.5 0.4 2.6 3.0 3.5 1.0 0.7 1.3 0.2 11.7
General 741 33 41.8 36.0 84.0 0.6 3.2 3.8 5.3 1.5 1.2 2.1 0.4 19.5

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