This Knicks-Pacers Trade Lands Kemba Walker In Indiana

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The New York Knicks made headlines for their decision to remove former NBA All-Star Kemba Walker not only from their starting lineup, but from their rotation altogether.

There is a lot of thought that Walker will end up being moved ahead of the NBA trade deadline. The respect level the Knicks hold for Walker is a factor in him

Walker has already been traded once as of late. The Boston Celtics moved him to the Oklahoma City Thunder in order to move on from the ending of the four-year, $140.8 million contract he signed when he had joined the team. The Thunder then agreed to a buyout — resulting in $53.7 million in dead cap hit through 2022-23.

The Knicks gave Walker a chance but it simply hasn’t worked out. He has proven to not be a fit for coach Tom Thibodeau’s rigid hard-nosed defensive style while also worsening the flow of the half-court offense since he’s a shoot-first player who isn’t hitting shots at a high clip.

Walker is averaging by far career-low production with the Knicks this season. He’s putting up averages of 11.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 3.1 assists in 24.5 minutes per game. One factor that does help is he’s shooting 41.3% from beyond the arc.

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The Indiana Pacers have been one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference with a continued inability to close out tight games or to compete at a high level on most nights. The team needs to try something different, regardless of if they were to decide to make a win-now move or to tank.

Let’s take a look at an NBA trade scenario involving Kemba Walker that would send him from the New York Knicks to the Indiana Pacers.

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