Kemba Walker, Pistons finalizing contract buyout

Kemba Walker, Pistons finalizing contract buyout

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Kemba Walker, Pistons finalizing contract buyout

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Adrian Wojnarowski: Four-time All-Star guard Kemba Walker and the Detroit Pistons are finalizing a contract buyout, sources tell ESPN. Once Walker clears waivers, he’ll join free agency.
Source: Twitter @wojespn

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Mark Deeks @MarkDeeksNBA
Lakers to sign Kemba Walker and Blake Griffin, re-sign Malik Monk (MLE) and Carmelo (minimum), and run it back. Not news, just a palpable whiff of emotional panic I just had. – 1:57 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
I’m estimating that Detroit has somewhere between $11 million and $15 after Kemba buyout (don’t quote me — it’s unclear how much Kemba gave back). After re-signing Bagley, I could see the Pistons make one or two small signings. I could see another small trade in the cards. – 10:56 AM
The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
Kemba Walker and the Detroit Pistons are finalizing a contract buyout, per @Adrian Wojnarowski.
Walker will become a free agent once he clears the waivers. pic.twitter.com/eMb6rA4JpT9:57 AM

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
ESPN story on Kemba Walker and the Detroit Pistons finalizing a contract buyout: es.pn/3bHGCXe9:23 AM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Kemba Walker will be looking for a new home this offseason once again: masslive.com/celtics/2022/0…9:21 AM
Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Kemba Walker, Pistons finalizing contract buyout sportando.basketball/en/kemba-walke…9:08 AM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
Four-time All-Star guard Kemba Walker and the Detroit Pistons are finalizing a contract buyout, sources tell ESPN. Once Walker clears waivers, he’ll join free agency. – 9:00 AM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
The wild part about the Burks/Noel trade is that it means NY may not have needed to dump Kemba.
By trading Burks and Noel and waiving Taj, NY would have been right at around $25 million cap space.
I’m that scenario, they could have kept the 13th pick and/or second rounders, etc – 10:40 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
The Pistons have become significantly more asset-rich during the last week, thanks to the Knicks. A first (Jalen Duren), two seconds and two good role players in Alec Burks and Nerlens Noel (and Kemba Walker, who will be bought out). – 10:07 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
A lot of talk that moving Noel could take a first-rounder attached, especially after the Knicks used the No. 13 pick to move Kemba Walker last week. Ended up being two second-rounders attached to Noel and Burks. – 10:02 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
There was lots of talk for the past few weeks of the Knicks trying to move two of Kemba Walker, Alec Burks and Nerlens Noel. They could open up in the realm of $25M of room that way. Turns out, they moved all three and the 11th pick for no salary back. More than $30M in room now. – 9:58 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
That is a whole lot of money unloaded by the Knicks. Over $28M between Alec Burks, Nerlens Noel & Kemba Walker.
Detroit is eating up a lot of their available cap space, but it’s always possible they re-flip Burks or Noel to someone else.
This is gonna be a large deal when done. – 9:57 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Knicks also could operate as “over cap team” and retain full non-taxpayer MLE if Kemba, Burks, Noel lumped into one big 3-way sign-and-trade with Dallas for Brunson. Looks like Knicks could even start Brunson at $24.25M or less and generate a $9.2M TPE for Kemba. – 9:49 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Things I am keeping an eye on:
-The Jerami Grant to POR from DET trade has not completed yet.
-The Kemba Walker to DET from NYK trade has not completed yet.
Neither are in danger of not happening, but makes me wonder if either deal could be expanding. Something to watch. – 9:47 AM

More on this storyline

Sources say that New York’s ability during Thursday night’s NBA Draft to offload Kemba Walker’s $9.2 million salary for next season, coupled with a growing belief that it can shed further salary to expand its offer when the marketplace officially opens next Thursday, has established the Knicks as a very credible threat to bring Brunson to Gotham. One source close to the process described that threat as “very, very, very real.” -via marcstein.substack.com / June 24, 2022
Keith Smith: Fun cap nerd trade mechanic stuff: -DET created a TPE for Jerami Grant of $20,002,500 by trading him into POR TPE for CJ McCollum -DET then acquired Kemba Walker using $8,729,020 of the new Grant TPE -NYK created a TPE for Walker, but both TPEs will go way for cap space on 7/1 -via Twitter @KeithSmithNBA / June 24, 2022

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