Spurs Sign Keldon Johnson to 4-year, $80 Million Extension

Keldon Johnson with the Kentucky Wildcats in 2018
Keldon Johnson with the Kentucky Wildcats in 2018. Photo by Kostas Lymperopoulos/CSM/Shutterstock (10019334ed)

The San Antonio Spurs have signed forward Keldon Johnson to a contract extension. The news was confirmed to Shams Charania of The Athletic by the player’s agency Klutch Sports.

According to reports, Johnson inked a new four-year deal that should keep him with the organization through the 2026-27 NBA season. The 22-year-old player is set to earn $80 million over the course of the deal. He was set to hit the restricted free agency next summer.

After the Spurs traded away All-Star Dejounte Murray in a blockbuster trade with the Atlanta Hawks, some believed that the franchise is in full teardown mode. Even if that’s the case, the Spurs seem to like Johnson enough to keep him out of possible trade discussions with a new contract.

The Kentucky product is another one of the Spurs’ great later first-round finds, as he was taken 29th overall in the 2019 NBA Draft. After spending most of his rookie season in NBA G League, Johnson had a strong sophomore season that saw him start 67 games and averaged 12.8 points and 6.0 rebounds. He was also part of the Team USA that won the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

This past season was where Johnson really came together, becoming one of Spurs’ most productive players. He finished the campaign with career-highs across the board, averaging 17.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game.