Kemba Walker is in the same position as last year after a disappointing Knicks homecoming: buying a contract to gain entry to the NBA free agency.
After the Knicks traded the 32-year-old to the Pistons on draft night to lose his $9.1 million salary for next season, Detroit buys out the last year of Walker’s contract. ESPN reported: Thursday morning. NBA free agency officially starts at 6 p.m.
Walker signed a two-year deal with the Knicks in an acclaimed homecoming for the Bronx last summer after being bought out by the Thunder after a trade from the Celtics.
While the four-time All-Star had his moments, but he was benched by Tom Thibodeau at one point, and knee concerns that masked the signing came to fruition, limiting Walker to 37 games. On February 23, Walker and the Knicks agreed that he would not play for the remainder of the season. He finished the season with averages of 11.6 points, 3.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game – all career lows.
The Knicks appear to be all-in to sign Jalen Brunson to NBA free agency to solve the point guard problem Walker failed to solve.