No next player found, veteran Walker’s buyout deal with Pistons hangs in the balance
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No next player found, veteran Walker’s buyout deal with Pistons hangs in the balance

After 32-year-old guard veteran Kemba Walker was waived by the New York Knicks in this year’s draft and traded to the Detroit Pistons, the Pistons are expected to reach a buyout with Walker, and there have been repeated rumors about Walker’s post-buyout Rumors of joining the former Charlotte Hornets or other teams in free agency.

However, it has been more than 2 months since Walker was traded to the Pistons , and the two sides have not yet completed the buyout agreement, leaving the outside world to see the flowers through fog.

According to well-known sports reporters, the Pistons have no plans to include Walker in future long-term roster development after completing the trade with the Knicks, and are also reluctant to offer him $9 million in salary and plan to play with the veteran. buyout. Later, the two sides also reached a consensus on the buyout amount, but because no team is willing to sign Walker, the process of the buyout agreement has stalled.

It is understood that once the player reaches a buyout agreement with the team, he will give up the contract amount with the team, and the team will also save millions of dollars worth of salary bills. But Walker has yet to find a new owner, and completing the buyout will be a bigger loss for him.

Walker spent 11 seasons in the NBA with the Hornets, Boston Celtics and Knicks, where he averaged 11.6 points, 3 rebounds and 3.5 per 25.6 minutes per game for the Knicks last season. Assists, 0.7 steals and 0.2 blocks. The three-point shooting percentage was 36.7% and the pitching percentage was 40.3%, but it is a pity that the veteran missed most of the games due to a knee injury and only played in 37 regular season games last season.

New York Knicks guard Kemba Walker (8) tries to drive around Boston Celtics guard Payton Pritchard during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

Although the Pistons’ fall training camp is approaching, considering that the Pistons’ current guard lineup already has 31-year-old veteran Corey Joseph, 23-year-old Saben Lee, 21-year-old recruit Keeley Hayes and this year’s No. 1 pick 20 years old The Cade Cunningham has no place to accommodate Walker, and the team will likely not risk keeping the veteran with an injury history in the rotation.

It is expected that the Pistons are preparing to buy him out immediately when they find a next home, but with more than a month before the start of the new season, Walker’s prospects in the league may flicker.

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