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Antoine Walker Wants to Be an NBA Scout

DENVER - DECEMBER 08:  Antoine Walker #8 of the Miami Heat looses control of the ball as he collides with Linas Kleiza #43 of the Denver Nuggets on December 8, 2006 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the term and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistMay 20, 2013

Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reports that Antoine Walker's quest to return to the NBA isn't over, only this time around he's looking to become a scout, rather than return as a player.

Walker was forced to retire back in 2008 after an atrocious season with the Minnesota Timberwolves and has been trying to get back into the NBA ever since.

He filed for bankruptcy back in 2010, encountering money troubles fewer than two years after his retirement despite the fact that he made over $100 million in his 12 years in the NBA.

In order to grab a few bucks, Walker played for the Guaynabo Mets down in Puerto Rico along with former teammate Marcus Fizer. Walker was released two months after signing.

Determined to make his way back into the NBA and find his way into some more money, Walker was acquired by the Idaho Stampede, the NBA D-League affiliate of the Portland Trail Blazers.

He played there for two seasons before giving up the dream and retiring once and for all.

At this point it seems like Walker has accepted his fate and is ready to see what he can offer in a role behind the scenes.

Walker, who played seven seasons with the Boston Celtics (plus another half a season later in his career), has not spoken lately with Danny Ainge, the team's president of basketball operations.

His presence on the court as a big man who could also shoot from a distance is exactly what most NBA teams are looking for these days.

With his experience, picking out big men who could space the floor like he used to is something that could come naturally to Walker, or this could just be another one of his many failed post-NBA endeavors. 

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