BROOKLYN – The Brooklyn Nets have signed free agent guard Lonnie Walker IV. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.
Walker IV (6’4”, 205) arrives in Brooklyn after spending the 2022-23 season with the Los Angeles Lakers. In 56 games (32 starts), Walker IV registered averages of 11.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 23.2 minutes per game while shooting a career-high 44.8 percent from the field, 36.5 percent from 3-point range and a career-high 85.8 percent from the free-throw line. The 24-year-old also saw action in 13 playoff games in 2023, averaging 6.2 points on 48.3 percent shooting from the field, 38.2 percent shooting from distance and 75.0 percent shooting from the free-throw line in 13.8 minutes per contest. In the Lakers’ Western Conference Semifinals matchup against the Golden State Warriors, Walker IV appeared in five of the six games, averaging 10.6 points on 54.1 percent shooting from the field, 38.9 percent shooting from 3-point range and 75.0 percent shooting from the free-throw line, 1.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.0 steals in 21.2 minutes per contest en route to a berth in the Western Conference Finals. In 264 games (88 starts) through five seasons with the Lakers and San Antonio Spurs (2018-22), Walker IV has recorded averages of 9.9 points on 42.2 percent shooting from the field, 34.9 percent shooting from 3-point range and 80.0 percent shooting from the free-throw line, 2.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 21.0 minutes per game. Across the last three seasons (2020-23), Walker IV posted averages of 11.7 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 23.8 minutes per game while shooting 42.3 percent from the field, 34.2 percent from distance and 81.5 percent from the free-throw line.
The Reading, Pa., native was originally selected with the 18th overall pick in the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft by San Antonio after spending one year (2017-18) at the University of Miami, where he earned All-ACC Freshman Team honors.