Former UConn star Kemba Walker heading home to sign with Knicks

Kemba Walker is returning home and to the building where his legend was born during his UConn days

Walker has reportedly agreed to a contract buyout with the Oklahoma City Thunder and will be signing with the Knicks as a free agent, according to reports.

Walker played at Rice High School in Harlem and became a star at UConn in part because of his heroics playing in the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden, where he will now play with the Knicks.

In 2011, Walker led the Huskies to five wins in five days Big East tournament title at MSG.

He and the Huskies kept the magic going, winning the 2011 NCAA Championship and cementing Walker as a UConn legend.

Walker should join Julius Randle, R.J. Barrett and Mitchell Robinson, along with newly signed Evan Fournier in the Knicks starting lineup.

Walker came to the Celtics in 2019 as part of a sign-and-trade deal with the Charlotte Hornets.

Walker was traded to Oklahoma City in June with Boston sending the All-Star point guard, the 16th pick in this year's NBA draft and a 2025 second-round pick to the Thunder for Al Horford, Moses Brown and a 2023 second-round pick.

With the Thunder in a rebuilding mode, Walker was not expected to stay long but there was no trade market for him due to his max contract, which is a four-year, $140 million deal signed with the Hornets that has two years and $74 million remaining on it.

The 31-year-old’s play slipped this past season as he dealt with a knee injury, playing in just 43 of 72 games with the Celtics.

Walker, a four-time All-Star, did have flashes last season, averaging 20 points and five assists after the All-Star break.

Walker was drafted ninth overall by the Charlotte Bobcats in the 2011 NBA Draft.

He played with the Charlotte franchise through the 2018-19 season.