The Pistons acquired experienced guard Kemba Walker from the New York Knicks as part of a three-party trade involving Charlotte Hornet that saw Detroit acquire Jalen Duren's draft rights on Thursday night.
Walker and Piston are expected to negotiate a deal that would allow him to be a free agent, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wozniacki.
The Knicks traded first in the NBA draft, sending the Oklahoma City Thunder No. 11 overall pick for three future conditional first-round picks from the Denver Nuggets, Washington Wizards and Pistons.
The 2023 Nuggets first-rounder and four second-round picks from Oklahoma City, New York, then traded to Hornet, for whose rights Duren, the Memphis center, Charlotte picked at number 13. New York then traded Duren and Walker to the Pistons for the 2025 conditional Milwaukee Box first round pick.
According to ESPN's Bobby Marks, Walker, 32, is ending his 9.2 million salary for the upcoming season. The Pistons with the Portland Trail Blazer will go into the trade exception created by Walker after it is finalized about taking Jeremy Grant forward, Marx reports.
In February, Knicks and Walker agreed that the four-time All-Star would be dropped for the rest of the season to allow him to work on preparations for 2022-23. Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau dropped Walker from the Knicks' game rotation in mid-November, and Walker also struggled with knee pain in January.