This weekend, recently-signed Los Angeles Lakers reserve (for now) capturing guard Lonnie Walker IV overcame a severe hurdle on his road to restoration from a nagging ailment.
Dave McMenamin of ESPN reveals that the 6’4″ wing out of the School of Miami carried out through his first full-contact apply as a Laker Saturday at Pechanga Reservation in Temecula, as he continues to work his strategy once more from an ankle harm. Dennis Schroder will likely be a part of the Lakers in some unspecified time sooner or later subsequent week in Las Vegas as he continues to handle a visa hiccup.
Earlier this season, Los Angeles inked Walker, nonetheless merely 23, to a one-year, $6.5 million settlement using its mid-level exception. Initially chosen by the San Antonio Spurs with the 18th select in 2018, Walker stays a tantalizing, if significantly undercooked, prospect. He has the athleticism and dimension (a 6’10” wingspan) to alter into an above-average defender, nevertheless he has however to take that leap on the bottom.
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The youthful swingman was an above-average three-point shooter through the first three seasons of his occupation in San Antonio, nevertheless after a 2021-22 season via which he reworked a they 31.4% of his 5.0 triples a sport, he has seen his occupation widespread dip to a mildly below-average 34.3% value on 3.6 seems. Right here is hoping that in his first yr with the Lakers, he can get nearer to the heights of his first three NBA seasons, when he he nailed as loads as 40.6% of his seems previous the arc, via the lockout-shortened 2019-20 season .
One different new Lakers perimeter addition this offseason, Troy Brown Jr., stays day-to-deal as he grapples with a once more harm that his saved him restricted through LA’s first week of teaching camp movement.