When the New York Knicks added Kemba Walker this past offseason there was a lot of optimism surrounding the move.
Unfortunately, that optimism quickly subsided when it became readily apparent that Walker was now a shell of his former self.
Before ultimately getting benched, Walker averaged a career-low 11.1 points, 3.1 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game. In the month of November his average fell to 10 points per game on 39 percent shooting from the field and 29 percent shooting from three.
That said, the expectation was that the Knicks would ultimately seek out a trade for him.
Sadly, that has proven easier said than done.
As noted by Matt Moore of The Action Network, Walker’s injury history has rendered a trade difficult.
“There is no interest league-wide in taking on Kemba Walker according to multiple sources,” he wrote.
“Walker was benched to try and kickstart the Knicks, a move that has failed, but the league consensus is that Walker’s knees represent too much of a risk even if his play with New York and Boston was more about situation.”
In a league where no contract is untradeable and no player is too damaged for a second chance, it’s hard to see Walker as being the guy that breaks that mold. Eventually, something will likely give on this front.
The photo speaks for itself. https://t.co/5iigLdDdvx
— Game 7 (@game7__) December 17, 2021
But for now – it appears he is stuck with the Knicks and they are stuck with him.