Speaking with reporters on Tuesday, Spurs' head coach Gregg Popovich said that he does not expect Keldon Johnson to be ready for the first game of the season while tending to a foot injury. (Evan Closky on Twitter)
While Popovich did describe Johnson's injury as 'minor', it appears that it's significant enough to keep him out of the Spurs' season opener in late December. A former first-round pick in 2019, Johnson started off his rookie season in slow fashion but really seemed to improve during his time in the Orlando Bubble, averaging 14.1 points and 5.0 rebounds on a remarkable 62 percent from the field over his last eight games. With Derrick White (toe) also slated to miss the start of the season, extra minutes should fall to Dejounte Murray, Lonnie Walker IV and Patty Mills to begin the year.