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Kemba Walker joining the Knicks after buyout from Thunder

Knicks, Kemba Walker

The New York Knicks finally hope to have an answer to their starting point guard questions.

Pending a buyout from the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kemba Walker will be joining the New York Knicks, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Chris Paul went back to the Phoenix Suns while Mike Conley Jr. rejoined the Utah Jazz. Kyle Lowry agreed to a sign-and-trade with the Miami Heat. This left very little left on the free agent market, but now, via a buyout from Oklahoma City, the Knicks will land Kemba Walker.

Even with the re-signing of Derrick Rose for the Knicks, the idea had likely been tossed about that he is better suited coming off the bench, a role in which he thrived for New York last season. This kept a large vacancy at the starting point guard spot, which Walker will likely fill.

Walker suffered through an injury-plagued year last season with the Boston Celtics and then was sent to Oklahoma City in a trade this summer. OKC had no intentions of keeping Walker and were simply happy to have landed a first-round pick in that deal. When they couldn’t find a trade partner for Walker, the buyout became a clear option. The Knicks are taking a flier on the hometown kid, and now New York hopes to have a starting point guard.

Walker averaged 19.3 points per game on 36% shooting from 3-point range for Boston last year. His microwave offensive approach and ability to knock down shots is a welcome sign for the Knicks.

New York had a surprisingly awesome 2020-21 campaign, but it was clear the team needed an offensive boost after the loss to the Atlanta Hawks in the playoffs. Walker, when healthy, can provide that boost.