For the second year in a row, Lonnie Walker IV is in the unrestricted free agent market. Somewhat surprisingly, Walker was able to pick any team he wanted last offseason due to the San Antonio Spurs rescinding the qualifying offer, which led to the former pick of first round to sign a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Walker had a year of ups and downs in Los Angeles, a year that saw him punch in the starting lineup, miss an extended spell with a knee problem and struggle to come back. steadily in the rotation following the team’s top-flight mid-season overhaul. It ended on a bit of a positive note, as he played in 13 of the team’s 16 playoff games, including a 15-point performance against the Golden State Warriors in the second round that helped put the Lakers in the driver’s seat. from the Serie.
Now Walker is free to choose where he plays basketball again, and on Sunday he agreed to a one-year contract to join the Brooklyn Nets as they revamped their roster and look to make another playoff this season.
Free agent Lonnie Walker has agreed to a one-year contract with the Brooklyn Nets, Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul and agent Lucas Newton told ESPN.
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Walker played 56 games with the Lakers, including 32 in the starting lineup during the 2022-23 campaign. He averaged 11.7 points in 23.2 minutes per game while shooting 44.8 percent from the field and 36.5 percent from three. Walker’s hope that this free agency was to find a team he could join that would be a playoff contender, and he’ll join a Nets team looking to stay right after re-signing Cam Johnson and making a few trades for losing veteran salaries – opening minutes in place of the two guards they hope Walker can help fill.