Kemba Walker to sign with the Knicks as a free agent


Kemba WalkerFeb 9, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (8) dribbles the ball during the first quarter against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Kemba Walker is finalizing a buyout with the Oklahoma City Thunder and will sign with the New York Knicks.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Knicks will sign Walker as a free agent once he clears waivers.

Walker joined the Thunder via a trade from the Celtics and still has two years and $74M left on his current contract.

For their part, the Knicks are making another move to bolster their back-court line, after inking Evan Fournier and re-signing Derrick Rose.

Kemba Walker is finalizing a contract buyout with the Thunder and the New York Knicks will sign the four-time NBA All-Star as a free agent, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 4, 2021

OKC traded for Walker and the 16th pick in the July Draft, and already flipped that for two future firsts in a draft night deal. Remaining value of trade for OKC allows them to distribute minutes to their young players as they transition into rebuild this season.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 4, 2021