Spurs rookie Lonnie Walker ‘fully healed’ from Summer League ankle injury
San Antonio Spurs rookie Lonnie Walker has now recovered from an ankle injury he suffered during the Summer League, which is great news as training camp gets closer and closer.
Lonnie Walker IV said the ankle injury he suffered in summer league is "fully healed." #Spurs
— Tom Orsborn (@tom_orsborn) August 8, 2018
In a game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Walker suffered the ankle injury that eventually forced him to sit out the remainder of the Summer League games to recuperate. In that game, the No. 18 pick in the draft scored five points but had nine rebounds and three assists.
The Spurs are in transition this year after trading away Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green for DeMar DeRozan, while also letting go of longtime point guard Tony Parker. Manu Ginobili could also be playing his last season. It remains to be seen if the partnership between LaMarcus Aldridge and DeRozan will be more fruitful than Aldridge and Leonard.
There are plenty of uncertainties, but Gregg Popovich and Co. should be relieved to have the Leonard situation finally behind them following a year of questions. Still, the Spurs may have a tough time in the loaded Western Conference, which could put their lengthy playoff streak on the line.
The development of Walker will be crucial for San Antonio, so him getting cleared to play is a major bright spot.