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Report: Keldon Johnson agrees to four-year contract extension with Spurs

The Spurs signal to Johnson he is large part of the franchise's rebuild moving forward.

SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs are beginning a deep rebuild and forward Keldon Johnson will be a part of that for years to come.

According to a report from The Athletic's Sham Charania, Johnson inked a four-year, $80 million contract extension with San Antonio.

This is a huge sign that Johnson is part of the franchise's long-term plans and will be key for the future of the franchise.

"They [Spurs] believe in me and they trust me to lead these guys in the right direction. I'm definitely taking that serious," Johnson said in an ESPN interview.

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With the departure of Dejounte Murray, Johnson is embracing the role as the new team leader and is hoping the new season ahead will be better than most believe.

Despite a major roster shake-up, he is hoping the team can still push for the Play-In or playoffs next season despite many pegging the Spurs to be among the worst teams next season.

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"Hopefully, we can be in something like that similar next season if not in the playoffs," Johnson said about playing in the 2022 Play-In tournament versus the Pelicans.

Johnson posted 17.0 points per game (a career-high), and 2.1 assists per game, along with 47% field-goal shooting and 40% shooting from the three-point line last season.

To close out the 2021-22 season, he averaged 20.0 points per game in March and 21.3 points per game in April. 

Off the court, he is a fixture in the San Antonio community giving back to Lanier High School, supporting the local military, and stepping up to help preserve San Antonio rivers.

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