AP source: Kemba Walker trades with Pistons amid Knicks moves

The New York Knicks retired Kemba Walker and added no players in the first round of the NBA Draft on Thursday.

Walker wasn’t with the Knicks late in the season and now he won’t be with them at all after they agreed to deal him to the Detroit Pistons.

It was among multiple deals the Knicks made, as they apparently consider a salary cap for future moves.

They started the night by trading the rights of Frenchman Ousmane Dieng, whom they took with the No. 11 pick, to the Oklahoma City Thunder for four first-round picks.

Then the Knicks used one of them to acquire the rights to Jalen Duren, taken by Charlotte with the No. 13 pick, and agreed to send him and Walker to the Pistons for another pick, The Associated a person knowing the details. Hurry. The person spoke on condition of anonymity as this trade would not become official on Thursday.

A New York native, Walker joined the Knicks last summer, but it wasn’t the return both teams wanted.

A starter to start the season, he fell out of coach Tom Thibodeau’s rotation early in the season when the Knicks began to struggle. Thibodeau returned to Walker when the Knicks were run out in December and he played well, earning Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors after netting a triple-double over Christmas.

But after a heavy workload, Walker was hampered by knee pain and he did not play after the All-Star break in February.

The Knicks are likely to seek another point guard through free agency or a trade. Veteran Derrick Rose underwent ankle surgery in December and missed the rest of the season.

The Knicks made their pick at No. 42, taking Duke guard Trevor Keels.


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Naomi C. Amerson