Knicks’ Kemba Walker will not play for the rest of the NBA season – NBC Chicago

Knicks’ Kemba Walker will not play for the remainder of the season originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Kemba Walker’s return to the New York Knicks hasn’t gone as planned, and it’s unclear what his future will look like with the team beyond this year.

In the meantime, the veteran guard won’t play another game for the Knicks this season, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

He reported Wednesday, citing sources, that the two parties “agreed that the four-time All-Star would be sidelined for the remainder of the team’s schedule, allowing him to train in preparation for the 2022 season. -23”.

The Knicks confirmed that Walker would shut him down for the season with the following statement:

Wojnarowski also wrote that “Walker will have a contract expiring this summer, and this will provide an opportunity for the Knicks and Schwartz to work on trade scenarios in the offseason.”

Walker hasn’t been the same since suffering a knee injury as a member of the Boston Celtics during the 2019-20 season. He’s lost some of the athleticism and explosiveness that helped make him a terrific scorer – someone who averaged a career-high 25.6 points per game in 2018-19.

Walker was traded from the Celtics to the Oklahoma City Thunder last offseason, then OKC bought him out. The 31-year-old veteran and New York native has signed with the Knicks, giving him a chance to revitalize his career on a Madison Square Garden stage he knows well.

Unfortunately for Walker, his performance at both ends of the court has been disappointing this season. He’s averaging 11.6 points and 3.5 assists, while shooting 40.3 percent from the field in a career-low 25.6 minutes per game.

The Knicks surprisingly made the playoffs as the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference last season. This campaign was a disaster. New York enters Wednesday 3.5 games from last place in the qualifying tournament in the standings.

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