Spurs exercise team options on Walker, Johnson, Samanic

The San Antonio Spurs have exercised their fourth-year team option on guard Lonnie Walker IV and their third-year option on forwards Keldon Johnson and Luka Samanic for the 2021-22 season, the team announced on Monday.

Walker IV, 22, is entering his third year with the Spurs after appearing in 61 games last season and averaging 6.4 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 16.2 minutes. Walker has athleticism, good off the dribble, and has a decent shot. The Spurs are expecting Walker to take that next step this season, and he has the ability to do it. 

Johnson, 21, begins his second season after appearing in 17 games for San Antonio last year and averaging 9.1 points and 3.4 rebounds in 17.7 minutes. The Kentucky alum played well in the bubble. In eight games in Orlando, Johnson averaged 14.1 points after recording multiple 20-point outings.

Samanic, 20, enters his second season with San Antonio following his rookie year when he averaged 5.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in 16.0 minutes over three contests, including the final game of the season when he posted 16 points to go along with six rebounds and three assists in his first career start. 

Over the years, San Antonio has done an excellent job of drafting and developing young players, and these young guys have talent. If they can continue to grow as players, the future could be bright for the Spurs.