Former Celtics guard Kemba Walker is back on the road, this time being traded from the Knicks to the Pistons on the day of the 2022 NBA draft. according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. The deal includes the 13th draft pick in Jalen Duren, who will also go to the Pistons after being initially picked by Charlotte. The Pistons sent the Knicks a 2025 first-round pick they acquired Wednesday in Portland’s Jerami Grant trade.
Walker averaged just 11.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 37 games for New York last season. The former Celtics guard has struggled throughout the season and was closed by the Knicks in February 2022. Knee problems plagued the end of his stint in Boston, and those struggles continued into last season.
Walker is just his newest team since he was traded from Boston to Oklahoma City last offseason. He agreed to a buyout with The Thunder, which got him a homecoming to New York. The Bronx native signed a two-year, $17.9 million contract with the Knicks in free agency last summer. Now he’s at his next station.
The former Celtics guard has a year and around $9.2 million left on his contract. There’s a chance he’ll be bought out by the Pistons, a rebuilding team whose backyard is overflowing after picking Jaden Ivey to pair with Cade Cunningham.