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Spurs: 3 Teams that could persuade Lonnie Walker to leave San Antonio

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After starting his career in San Antonio, Lonnie Walker has an important decision to make this summer. Walker is approaching free agency for the first time in his career, and while the Spurs will still have the option to match an offer he gets, his return is far from a sure thing.

Walker's first four seasons in San Antonio have been marked by electrifying highs that have been routinely matched by stretches of inconsistency or downright poor play. These swings could be overlooked if they were a rarity, but fighting to bring the same level of play night after night has been something Walker has fought with for years now.

The up-and-down play, combined with unrealized potential, has left Spurs fans divided on what the front office should do with Walker this summer. They'll likely extend him a qualifying offer in the coming weeks, which will make him a restricted free agent. But if another team offers Walker a deal, should the Spurs jump to match it? And who might San Antonio have to fight off to retain their 2018 first-round pick?

His elite-level athleticism and ability to get scorching hot from behind the arc should make him an attractive potential add for teams in need of additional bench scoring and some complementary playmaking. Here are three teams who might end up pushing San Antonio to match an offer for Walker this summer.

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3. New York Knicks could lure Lonnie Walker back to the east coast

There weren't enough viral moments to take the sting out of an incredibly disappointing season for the New York Knicks. After a revitalizing 2020-21 season, the Knicks fell back down to earth, finishing 11th in the Eastern Conference.

The Knicks have the cap space to shake things up this summer, and one way to do that would be to bring in Walker. For a team that was near the bottom of the league in offense, adding a score-first wing would make sense.

Bringing Walker off the bench with Immanuel Quickley would be one route for New York to inject some life into what was a doormat of a second unit this season. The Knicks bench ranked 23rd in points per game, contributing just over 33 points per contest.

The Knicks will have bigger priorities in free agency -- they're heavily connected to Jalen Brunson in more ways than one -- but if they strike out there they can still add Walker as a consolation prize.