With NBA Training Camp starting Tuesday, September 25, let’s take a look at where the San Antonio Spurs stand. They currently have invited the following players to training camp:
F Quincy Pondexter
F Jaron Blossomgame
G Olivier Hanlan
F Okaro White
Blossomgame and Hanlan come over from the Austin Spurs on Training Camp deals, while Okaro White will be present on an Exhibit 10. As a result, White will be competing for his contract to be converted into a Two-Way contract with the Austin Spurs.
Pondexter is present on a non-guaranteed contract ($150k guaranteed/fully guaranteed – 1/10/19). Because his up-front guarantee is greater than $50k, he will be ineligible to become an affiliate player with the Austin Spurs if waived.
If Blossomgame or Hanlan are waived, they can become affiliate players with the Austin Spurs. This is only a nominal designation, meaning any NBA team can still call them up.
The Spurs have finalized a Two-Way contract with F Drew Eubanks out of Oregon State.
With 19 players currently invited to training camp, the Spurs will look to add F Josh Huestis for the final spot. A 6’7” defenseman from Stanford, Huestis spent the last three seasons between the OKC Thunder and the OKC Blue. Huestis would complete the roster at 20 for training camp.
In addition to these moves, the Spurs waived C Amidah Brimah and F Julian Washburn. Per NBA rules, each team can designate up to 4 players who received training camp invites as “affiliate players” with its G-League team. Brimah, Washburn, Hanlan, Blossomgame, and Huestis are all viable candidates for those four spots.
If the Spurs proceed as is, the roster is full at 15 with the signing of Pondexter and the recent signing of 2018 2ndRound Pick Chimezie Metu. However, if Pondexter is waived, the Spurs can carry that roster flexibility with 14 spots or look to add one of the other training camp players.
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