NBA's Keldon Johnson Agrees To Four Year, $80 Million Extension With Spurs
According to reports by The Athletic on Thursday, San Antonio Spurs forward Keldon Johnson has signed a four-year contract extension worth $80 million with the team.
Johnson is represented by Klutch Sports agent Lucas Newton and Klutch CEO Rich Paul. His rookie four-year contract worth $10 million was about to expire.
On Oct. 18, the Spurs exercised Johnson's team option, which guaranteed Johnson $3.8 million in next season's earnings per Spotrac.
Johnson, 22, was the No. 29 overall pick out of Kentucky in the 2019 draft.
With averages of 17 points and 6.1 rebounds per game, he was the second-leading scorer on the team last season. His 74 starts were the most among any player on the roster.
Johnson's 3-point percentage has more than doubled in his three seasons.
In addition, he improved his efficiency, which was low at 13-22, by going 60-181 in his second season.
After finishing year three, he tied Patty Mills, former Spurs excellent, for the ninth-most 3s in one season.
He went 159-399 from deep, which was a respectable 39 percent.
Johnson will be the Spurs' top offensive option following the Dejounte-Murray trade, which sent Jock Landale and All-Star to the Atlanta Hawks for future first-round draft picks as well forward Danilo Gallinari.
Gallinari signed Tuesday with the Boston Celtics after the Spurs made an expected move and waived him.
Following the Murray trade, the Spurs are in a clear rebuilding phase.
However, the Spurs are now clear that Johnson has been extended, and they intend to keep him as the team's centerpiece in the future.