Walker and the Thunder agreed to a buyout of his contract Wednesday, and the four-time All-Star intends to sign with the Knicks upon clearing waivers, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
The Knicks were never particularly close to landing Chris Paul or Kyle Lowry in free agency this offseason, but the addition of Walker -- a native of The Bronx -- will address New York's need for a veteran point guard. Before putting pen to paper on a deal with the Knicks, Walker must first pass through waivers, but that's not expected to be a major concern with no team considered likely to pick up the two years and nearly $74 million remaining on his contract. Walker will presumably sign a more team-friendly deal with the Knicks, and he could have some bounce-back potential with his new team after a lingering left knee injury hindered him throughout his 2020-21 season with Boston. Walker played a career-low 43 games last season, finishing with averages of 19.3 points (his fewest since 2014-15), 4.9 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 three-pointers and 1.1 steals in 31.8 minutes per contest while shooting 42 percent from the field.