Knicks deal Kemba Walker and five picks, nab 2025 first-rounder in trades with Charlotte, Detroit


Get the It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia "Pepe Silvia" meme ready, because the Knicks have done a whole lot of dealing on draft night.

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Barely an hour after dealing No. 11 pick Ousmane Dieng to Oklahoma City for three conditional 2023 first-round picks, the Knicks acquired No. 13 pick Jalen Duren from Charlotte for one of those conditional first-round picks and four future conditional second-round picks - and then quickly traded Duren to Detroit, along with Kemba Walker, for a 2025 Top 4-protected first-round pick the Pistons are getting from Portland via Milwaukee when the Jerami Grant deal becomes official.

Got all that?

Per Rod Boone of The Charlotte Observer, the selections New York will send to Charlotte are Denver’s lottery-protected 2023 first-round pick (acquired from Oklahoma City earlier in the night), their own 2023 and 2024 second-rounders, a 2023 second rounder via Utah, and a 2023 second-rounder that will be whichever is more favorable of Miami or Dallas’ picks, via Boston from the Evan Fournier deal.

The gist: New York is dealing two second-round picks and potentially three other extraneous assets to Charlotte to clear Kemba Walker’s $9.2 million salary off the books and get a potential 2025 first-round pick.

Walker signed a two-year, $18 million deal with New York last offseason after being bought out by OKC, but he played in just 37 games and averaged 11.6 points around knee issues and an eventual shutdown by Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau.

Detroit was set to have about $43 million in cap space once the Grant deal becomes official, but they are expected to buy out Walker.

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