At the beginning of this year, a lot was made of players like Deandre Ayton and Collin Sexton, who reportedly failed to get contract renewals on their annual rookie contracts.
Lonnie Walker IV of the San Antonio Spurs is one of those players, but speaking to Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News, Walker revealed that he is using the negotiations as motivation.
“I’m not worried about the contract,” he said. “I think, God willingly, I have good karma, good energy around me. Things will work out the way they’re supposed to. “
Walker says one way to turn that hunger into performance on the court is to get more involved on both ends of the floor.
“I think I’m more excited, hungrier. I’m starving more than ever. I try to stay offensively and defensively active and do what Pop asks me to do. “
Walker enters his fourth year in the NBA and is ending his best season in the league where he averaged 11.2 points per game last year, almost double his average of 6.4 points per game from the previous year.
Walker got off to a strong start in three games this year, posting career highs on points (15.3), rebounds (3.5) and assists (3.3) per game.