Where’s Kemba Walker? Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau has no concept.
Walker shut it down for the season on the All-Star break to get his arthritic left knee more healthy for subsequent season.
Walker is on a two-year, $18 million contract with the Knicks, however Thibodeau’s cluelessness relating to his whereabouts is the clearest indicator the Bronx level guard legend isn’t of their plans.
Asked if Walker has been on the Tarrytown facility, Thibodeau mentioned, “No, he’s away from the group. That’s the way in which it’s. He’s rehabbing, taking good care of what he has to handle.’’
Thibodeau mentioned Walker shouldn’t be working with group trainers.
“No, he’s away from the group,’’ Thibodeau mentioned. “And that was agreed upon. Our administration, his agent and Kemba, we simply felt that was one of the simplest ways to deal with it.’’
According to an NBA supply, Walker has been coaching in Charlotte, N.C., his former dwelling, and New York, shuttling backwards and forwards. Walker’s mom nonetheless lives within the “Queen City,’’ and the Hornets could possibly be a future vacation spot as he performed there eight seasons. The Knicks go to Charlotte on Wednesday.
The likeliest state of affairs is the Knicks buying and selling Walker’s expiring contract in a deal on draft evening in late June. No buyout talks have taken place.
Walker, 31, can nonetheless assist a group as a bench participant, as he averaged 11.3 factors in 37 video games and shot 36.7 % from 3.
Rookie SG Quentin Grimes is anticipated to return vs. the Wizards on Friday after lacking 9 straight video games with a dislocated knee.
Grimes mentioned he feels “one hundred pc,’’ and Thibodeau added he’s “champing on the bit.’’
His two-way play has impressed Thibodeau since he superior into the rotation in December.
“He’s been out for some time however all the pieces he does is all out,’’ Thibodeau mentioned. “The means performs in a recreation is how he practices. He advantages significantly from that.’’
Derrick Rose (ankle) nonetheless hasn’t been cleared to apply leaving his probabilities of returning by season’s find yourself within the air.
Former Knicks lottery choose Kristaps Porzingis will play his first recreation on the Garden this season on Friday, and first as a Wizard.
Porzingis missed the Dallas-Knicks recreation on Jan. 11 as a result of he had COVID-19. The Mavericks traded Porzingis, the Knicks fourth-overall choose within the 2015 draft, in February within the Spencer Dinwiddie package deal partly attributable to sturdiness points. He’s averaging 19.5 factors however taking pictures simply 28 % from 3.