This has been a packed week concerning the Spurs. First of all, Amida Brimah, Julian Washburn, Olivier Hanlan and Josh Huestis were invited to training camp with Exhibit 10 contracts only to be waived days later.
For those, like me, who are still learning the intricacies of building the roster, there are twenty spots during training. Of these, fifteen maximum can be invited to stay for the regular season. And due to an update in the NBA last season, two more spots can be offered as two-way players, meaning they play in the Spurs G-League Austin-based affiliate and can cross over onto the Spurs roster for up to 45 days.
Here is a list of the Spurs current contracted players: Dejounte Murray, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol, Patty Mills, Derrick White, Marco Belinelli, Davis Bertans, Jakob Poeltl, Bryn Forbes, Lonnie Walker IV, Chimezie Metu, and Dante Cunningham.
That’s fourteen guaranteed contracts.
Drew Eubanks has been offered a two-way contract leaving one more available to a youngster who plans to rack up some miles on I-35.
And here’s who we know that’s invited so far to compete for one of these spots:
Quincy Pondexter: Q-Pon is on a partially guaranteed 1-year contract which means the Spurs can waive him before the season and use that spot for another player.
Jaron Blossomgame: The Spurs 59th draft pick in 2017 joined the Austin Spurs last year and helped pave the way for the 2018 G-League Championship to land in the state’s capital. Pounders have been filling comments pages with requests to see the 6’7” forward receive the remaining two-way contract. Not to far fetched an idea depending on what Coach Pop is looking for.
Okaro White: The 6’8” power forward went undrafted in 2014 but has journeyed through Italy and Greece as well as a series of 10-contracts with NBA teams before landing in Cleveland at the end of last season. He did not play for the Cavaliers in the post season although he was eligible.
Nick Johnson: The 6’3” guard, who was selected in the second round of the 2014 draft by the Rockets, returned to the Austin Spurs last season after s one-year stint in Germany. He helped them win the G-League title, winning Finals MVP honors in the process. His excellent play in Austin earned the 25-year-old journeyman a training camp spot with the big team.
Stay tuned this week for any updates and hopefully news from the practice gym in San Antonio.
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