Already dismissed last December by the New York franchise, Kemba Walker was again dismissed by the Knicks, this time until the end of the season and by mutual agreement. The Big Apple-born All Star point guard arrived in New York in the offseason from Boston.
History repeats itself for Kemba Walker (31 years old, 1.83m). Last December, the Knicks All-Star point guard was dismissed by his franchise. Absent for nine games, he had to wait until the very end of the year to tread the courts again. This time, he will have to wait until next year to find the NBA grounds. Here indeed is Walker sidelined again. Unlike two months ago, the former Boston player is disqualified until the end of the season. By mutual agreement (which was not the case either in December, since the Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau had then decided alone to do without the services of the point guard born in New York), Walker and New York decided that the leader who arrived in the offseason from Massachusetts would no longer appear in the New York jersey by the end of the year. “We support Kemba’s wish to stop until the end of the season to prepare for the next one. His long-term success is our priority,” Knicks president Leon Rose said in a statement.
The worst exercise for Walker
Because the strategy of the Knicks is simple in deciding to dismiss the one who had scored 44 points against Washington on December 25 for the second time in three months, this time definitively. New York, which is preparing to register the return of Derrick Rose, who has not played since last December due to an ankle injury, wishes to spare the four-time participant in the All Star Game (this year, he had not been retained) in order to be able to trade him at the end of the season, knowing that Walker, under contract until 2023, is currently having the worst season of his career, insofar as the number 8 of the Knicks turns at only 11 .6 points average since arriving in the Big Apple when he averaged 19.9 points since his NBA debut.