NBA: Kemba Walker won’t return to the Knicks this season

Kemba Walker #8 of the New York Knicks reacts with Julius Randle #30 after a play against the Golden State Warriors in the third quarter at Chase Center on February 10, 2022 in San Francisco, California.

FULE–Kemba Walker #8 of the New York Knicks reacts with Julius Randle. Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFP 

The New York Knicks and Kemba Walker were in agreement Wednesday that the four-time All-Star guard will not return to the team this season in order to begin his preparation for 2022-23.

“We fully support Kemba’s decision to shut it down for the remainder of the season and to use this time to prepare for next season,” Knicks president Leon Rose said in a statement. “His long-term success on the court remains our priority.”

Walker, 31, signed a two-year contract with New York after an August buyout with the Oklahoma City Thunder. But his time in New York has been a bumpy ride.

Walker made 37 starts for the Knicks, averaging a career-low 11.6 points with 3.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds. He missed 10 games after being dropped from the rotation by coach Tom Thibodeau in…

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