NBA Draft News: Kemba Walker sent to Detroit in a three-team trade

 | June 24, 2022


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The trade involved the New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons, and the Charlotte Hornets.

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Although the NBA Draft was a focal point yesterday, the trades throughout the day definitely made a splash. Shortly before the beginning of the draft, the Pistons traded away Jeremi Grant. However, they landed another player yesterday.

During a three-team trade between the New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons, and Charlotte Hornets, the Pistons added Kemba Walker to their team. Interestingly enough, Walker and the Pistons are expected to discuss a contract buyout that will allow him to become a free agent.

The Knicks made the first trade of the NBA draft, sending the draft rights to Ousmane Dieng, the No. 11 overall pick, to the Oklahoma City Thunder for three future conditional first-round picks from the Denver Nuggets, Washington Wizards, and Pistons. 

The 32-year-old Walker is on an expiring $9.2 million salary for this upcoming season. The Knicks moving on from Walker isn't surprising considering that in February the Knicks benched him for the rest of the season.

Walker averaged 11.6 points and three rebounds in 37 games last season.

Along with the trade between the Pistons, Knicks, and Hornets, the Philadelphia 76ers also made a trade of their own. The 76ers sent their No.23 pick and Danny Green to the Memphis Grizzlies for De'Anthony Melton.

Memphis will also get the rights to guard David Roddy, revealed by ESPN. Philadelphia selected him at No. 23 out of Colorado State. Roddy was named an Associated Press All-America honorable mention and the Mountain West Player of the Year after averaging 19.4 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.0 blocks.

The Los Angeles Lakers picked up Scotty Pippen Jr., Max Christie, and Syracuse sharpshooter Cole Swider. 

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Ricky Gray

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