Wheeling, dealing Pistons trade for No. 13 pick Jalen Duren


Troy Weaver and the Pistons hit the jackpot when they drafted Jaden Ivey with the fifth overall pick in Thursday night's draft.

As if that wasn't enough, they traded for No. 13 overall pick Jalen Duren shortly thereafter, using the extra 2025 first-round pick they acquired Wednesday in the Jerami Grant trade to acquire the 18-year-old center from Memphis in a three-team deal with the Hornets and the Knicks.

The Knicks, who had acquired Duren from the Hornets, sent Kemba Walker and his $9 million salary to the Pistons. Detroit will reportedly pursue a buyout of Walker's contract, which only has one year remaining.

Duren, one of the top recruits in the country in 2021, averaged 12.0 points, 8.1 boards and 2.1 blocks last season on his way to being named American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year.

The Pistons lost in the lottery last month, but it sure looked like they were winners in the draft.

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