Former Celtics All-Star Antoine Walker will attempt a comeback with the D-League’s Idaho Stampede, sources close to the situation told ESPN’s Marc Stein. All that stands in the way of the 34-year-old Walker’s comeback is a routine background check all D-Leaguers are subject to.
Walker’s background, of course, is littered with personal and financial trouble. The Globe’s Shira Springer reported last year that Walker has squandered most of his $110 million-plus in career earnings and has been pursued by creditors. Walker was arrested on criminal charges in July 2009 in a case involving an $822,500 gambling debt.
According to the ESPN report, Walker showed up before the start of Bobcats training camp this season in the hopes of pursuing Michael Jordan to give him a shot with the team, but Walker couldn’t convince Jordan — his close friend — to sign him. Last year, Walker lasted only eight games in the Puerto Rican league with the Guaynabo Mets, averaging 12.4 points and 8.6 rebounds. Walker is reportedly in better shape now, but he hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2007-2008 season.
Scott Schroeder of AOL FanHouse first reported Walker’s intention to sign with the D-League. The maximum salary for a player in the league is $25,500. The Stampede are affiliated with the NBA’s Denver Nuggets and Portland Trailblazers.