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Rumor: Kemba Walker has ‘no interest in going back to New York’

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The New York Knicks have interest in All-Star point guard Kemba Walker, but it appears the feeling isn’t mutual.

According to Mike Fisher of 247 Sports, Walker reportedly has “no interest in going back to New York.”

Walker becomes an unrestricted free agent this offseason for the first time in his career. The Knicks have cap space to sign two max contract players this summer. The franchise was hoping to land Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, but all signs point toward Irving signing with the Brooklyn Nets, while Durant’s future is up in the air following the torn Achilles tendon he suffered in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

The Charlotte Hornets can offer Walker the supermax deal this offseason, one which would pay the guard roughly $221 million over five years. This past season, Walker averaged 25.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game while shooting 43.4 percent from the field, 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 84.4 percent from the free-throw line.

All season long, the Knicks appeared to be the front runners to land Irving and Durant. Now, it looks like New York might have to settle for second-tier free agents. If Walker doesn’t want to play for the Knicks or re-sign with the Hornets, he will likely consider the Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics.