After returning to his hometown, hopes were high that Walker would once again hit his stride and become the basketball player he once was.
But it didn’t work out that way and Walker was repeatedly benched and even pulled out of the rotation by head coach Tom Thibodeau.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 23, 2022
Now, the team has announced that they and Walker had made the mutual decision for him to be sidelined for the rest of the season.
Where does Walker go from here?
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Walker – who was born in the Bronx – signed with the Knicks in the offseason after being waived by the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The 6-foot-1 guard was hoping that coming back to his hometown would revitalize his career and once again make him the All-Star point guard he has been.
But for the 37 games he played with the Knicks, Walker averaged a career-low of 11.6 points and only 3.5 assists a game.
Because of this, he was taken out of rotation in late November.
However, Walker’s absence really hurt the team and they went 3-7 without him.
He then returned as a starter for the team but was once again sidelined – this time due to an injury.
There were a few highlights later in the season, most notably a triple-double he achieved on Christmas Day.
But it was becoming very evident that the Knicks didn’t see Walker as part of the team’s future.
Now that both parties have agreed to part ways, Walker has the chance to find another team willing to take a chance on him and give him the respect and minutes he desires.