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San Antonio Spurs Injury Update: Lonnie Walker IV progressing toward debut

SAN ANTONIO, TX - NOVEMBER 18: A close up shot of Lonnie Walker IV #1 of the San Antonio Spurs before the game against the Golden State Warriorson November 18, 2018 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - NOVEMBER 18: A close up shot of Lonnie Walker IV #1 of the San Antonio Spurs before the game against the Golden State Warriorson November 18, 2018 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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After a long and tedious rehab from a meniscus tear, San Antonio Spurs rookie Lonnie Walker IV is progressing toward his season debut.

The rehabilitation process has taken it’s toll on Spurs rookie Lonnie Walker IV, who continues to inch closer to his NBA debut. Walker suffered a right medial meniscus tear in a preseason game against the Detroit Pistons in early October.

Walker’s original timetable for return was labeled at six-to-eight weeks depending on how he responded to treatment. Now on the cusp of his return to the Spurs lineup, the rook has been assigned to the Austin Spurs to get his feet wet and prepare for regular season action.

Though there’s no definite return date, Walker mentioned on an Instagram live video that he’d be returning on Nov. 30 when the Spurs host the Houston Rockets. The team has yet to confirm this date for Walker’s return but if all goes well over the next few days, there’s a chance we can see Lonnie suit up by the end of the week.

This is fantastic news for the floundering Spurs, as Walker provides a boost of athleticism and versatility on the wing. His lengthy frame and smart decision-making make him a contender to instantly carve out a featured role in head coach Gregg Popovich’s rotation.

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— Lonnie Walker IV (@lonniewalker_4) November 26, 2018

The Spurs have historically forced young talent to work their way through the ranks before gaining a spot in the lineup but Pop may be in desperation mode.

Through 32 games at the University of Miami, Walker put up an average stat line of 11.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 27.8 minutes. He grew increasingly important to the Hurricanes rotation as they began to utilize the young gun in a primary role.

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It’s no secret that Walker is considered a bit of a project, but he still has quality skills that will immediately translate to NBA competition.

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