- The San Antonio Spurs are moving on from young shooting guard Lonnie Walker.
- After initially offering Walker a qualifying offer, San Antonio rescinded the offer Thursday afternoon.
- Walker now becomes an unrestricted free agent, and Spurs fans are split on their feelings about the move.
The San Antonio Spurs are going to look much, much different when the 2022-23 NBA season starts.
They’ve since waved Gallinari, making him a free agent.
But the Spurs weren’t done. On Thursday afternoon, San Antonio rescinded its qualifying offer to young shooting guard Lonnie Walker, making him an unrestricted free agent.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 30, 2022
Walker has been solid, if unspectacular, since San Antonio drafted him with the No. 18 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. This past year he averaged a career-high 12.1 points per game off the bench, but shot just 31.4 percent from deep, the lowest of his career.
San Antonio now opens up even more cap space and gives itself more flexibility as the Spurs appear headed for a rebuild But fans weren’t sure how to feel about the move.
Some felt Walker could still blossom into a useful NBA player.
It was fun Lonnie.
If he can tighten up his mentals of the game, he can be a force off the bench for a lot of teams. https://t.co/IGuLKsGMll
— Eric Salinas (@EricSal_7) June 30, 2022
— Hyrule Hoodlum (@CerealSensei) June 30, 2022
But others weren’t quite as heartbroken.
Moving from Lonnie Walker was the best thing for the Spurs. Lonnnie is gonna be a great role player in the nba but never an allstar of superstar. He’s not consistent and doesn’t have that dog in him.
— PJ Hoops (@RealPjHoops) June 30, 2022
lonnie walker can’t shoot, can’t defend, and doesn’t pass. if that’s who celtics fans want so badly i advise you just take a look at jd davisons film lol
— dfa aaron hicks (@tafraud) June 30, 2022
Walker’s market is unclear. He’s still just 23 years old and has the type of length and athleticism and general manages across the league covet. But he’s not progress the way the Spurs had hoped and could just as easily be out of the league in a few years.
Either way, Spurs fans appear to be in for some new horizons in the coming years.