M.J. Walker rounds up Knicks training camp roster

Alder Almo
M.J. Walker, Knicks
Florida State Seminoles guard M.J. Walker (23) shoots over a Michigan defender during the Sweet Sixteen round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament on Sunday, March 28, 2021, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. Mandatory Credit: Mykal McEldowney/IndyStar via USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks filled up the final spot in their training camp roster by bringing back M.J. Walker.

Walker was also part of the Knicks training camp roster last year but did not make the cut. But he stuck with the Knicks, playing with their G League affiliate team.

With the Westchester Knicks, Walker averaged 10.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 39 games, including 21 starts. He briefly joined the Phoenix Suns last December on a COVID-19 hardship deal before returning to Westchester.

An undrafted guard, Walker played four seasons at Florida State, but he wasn’t viewed as a solid NBA prospect unlike his younger teammates Patrick Williams and Devin Vassell, who were picked in the lottery. As a senior, Walker averaged 12.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game, earning Second Team All-ACC honors.

Walker joins DaQuan Jeffries and Quinton Rose on Exhibit 10 deals. They all played with the Knicks Summer League team that reached the Finals last July in Las Vegas. But none of them projects to make the Knicks’ opening day roster.

They are likely to be waived and the Knicks would retain their G League rights.

Barring any more trades, NBA veterans Svi Mykhailiuk and Ryan Arcidiacono, who both signed partially guaranteed one-year deals, are expected to round up the Knicks’ opening day lineup.

Feron Hunt and Trevor Keels make up the Knicks’ two-way players.

The NBA training camp starts Tuesday, following the annual NBA Media Day on Monday.

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