The New York Knicks came into the NBA offseason needing to upgrade their point guard position. It has been an issue for the organization for a long time and there were plenty of chances to rectify it this offseason. They may have found their fix in Kemba Walker.
New York selected West Virginia point guard Miles ‘Deuce’ McBride in the second round of the 2021 NBA Draft. While a good start, there was no chance that McBride would be the starting point guard for New York out of the gate.
As free agency began, point guard options for New York began flying off the board. Lonzo Ball and Kyle Lowry, two players that would have looked good in orange and blue, were two of the first players to land deals, agreeing in principle with the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat. Chris Paul, another potential option, signed a four-year, $120 million deal to remain with the Phoenix Suns.
With their options dwindling, many people believed New York would have to settle for Dennis Schroder or Reggie Jackson. But, out of nowhere, a homecoming occurred.
Kemba Walker and the Oklahoma City Thunder agreed to a buyout and Walker is going to sign with the Knicks once he clears waivers.
This is another shrewd move by the Knicks front office. New York has upgraded the roster and added more future assets this offseason. The 31-year old Walker, as long as he is healthy, will be a big upgrade for the backcourt.
What can we expect from Walker coming home to play with the Knicks? Here are three bold predictions for the former UConn star for the 2021-22 season.