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Kemba Walker to sign with New York Knicks after OKC buyout

2022 NBA free agents: Kemba Walker
May 22, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (8) drives the ball defended by Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) during the first quarter of game one in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Four-time All-Star Kemba Walker will take his talents home to Madison Square Garden for the 2021-22 season after agreeing to a buyout with the Oklahoma City Thunder, multiple outlets reported Wednesday.

He will sign with the New York Knicks after clearing waivers, per the reports.

Walker had two years and $74 million remaining on the $140.8 million deal he inked with the Boston Celtics in 2019.

The Celtics traded Walker to Oklahoma City in June in exchange for center Al Horford and the 16th pick in last week’s draft. The Thunder flipped the pick for two future first-round picks.

Walker, 31, was born in the Bronx and played his high school ball for Rice in Manhattan before going to play at UConn in college.

Walker had an injury-riddled two years in Boston. Drafted No. 9 overall by Charlotte in 2011, Walker played in just 43 games in 2020-21 and averaged 19.3 points per game — his lowest scoring average since 2014-15.

–Field Level Media