Kemba Walker: Former All-Star agrees with Knicks to sit out remainder of 2021-22 season

Kemba Walker’s homecoming hasn’t gone as planned. 

At the All-Star break, the point guard and Knicks have mutually agreed for the four-time All-Star to sit out to the remainder of the 2021-22 season, team president Leon Rose announced on Wednesday. 

The release states the decision was made to help Walker prepare for the forthcoming 2022-23 season. 

The 6-foot-1 guard, who was born in Bronx, New York, signed with the Knicks this past offseason after reportedly giving back $20 million as part of a buyout when he was waived by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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The Thunder acquired him along with two more draft picks via a trade with the Boston Celtics for Al Horford and Moses Brown and a pick. 

The 2021-22 season was the first of a two-year deal worth $17.8 million that Walker signed with the Knicks. He is set to earn $9.1 million in the 2022-23 season as a 32-year old. 

Kemba Walker’s 2021-22 stats, numbers

In 37 games for the Knicks this season, he averaged career-lows of 11.6 points and 3.5 assists. 

He was taken out of the team’s rotation in late November, however, with a lack of players and the team going 3-7 without him, he returned as a starter after a three-week absence. 

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Before an injury sidelined him once again, in the six games right after he returned, he not only exploded for 44 points in a game but also recorded a historic triple-double on Christmas Day. 

With 10 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists, he helped the Knicks defeat a depleted Hawks 101-87. 

The triple-double was the first by a Knick on Christmas Day and also the first of Walker’s career.

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