After trying to make his way onto the San Antonio Spurs' 2011-12' roster, it seems forward Frank Hassell's chances have been cut short. According to the Spurs' official site, Hassell and center Luke Zeller have been waived by the team.
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have waived forward Frank Hassell and center Luke Zeller.
Hassell appeared in two preseason games, averaging 2.0 points and 1.5 rebounds in 10.0 minutes.
Zeller saw four minutes of action vs. Houston on Dec. 21 handing out two assists.
The roster now stands at 13.
Though the Spurs now have the league required roster set at 13 players, shooting guard Gary Neal is still on the injured list after having an appendectomy procedure done two weeks ago.
The regular season is set to begin the day after Christmas on December 26, when the Spurs will host the team that eliminated them from last season's playoffs, the Memphis Grizzlies.
With camp invitees Gani Lawal, Hassell, and Zeller all waived, the team now boasts the same front-line that was eliminated by Memphis last season with Tim Duncan at starting power forward, DeJuan Blair at starting center, and Tiago Splitter alongside Matt Bonner to come off of the bench. Antonio McDyess was the other big man on the playoff roster but he has since announced his retirement.
As I predicted, hassell and zeller were waived. The spurs will use the same front court lineup that was eliminated last year. The same result. With rudy gay around and randolph and gasol healthy what is there to expect. With no one manning the interior, the conclusion is foregone.
So, we are looking at someone who is not good enough to stick with their team. As I see it if you are a worthy big man you are on a team and they are not letting go. Anything else is gonna be some teams garbage. Developing Ryan Richards should have been a priority. I'm just saying......
From what I have heard, the Spurs might wait to see who gets waivered. There are going to be some big men who get waivered this season, so don't be surprised if the Spurs make a move for one of them.
If there isn't a plan to at least get SOMEONE, this will turn out to be the move that kills the season.
Can't understand not addressing front court going into this season. Why was Ryan Richards not in camp? I don't know, common sense says have this guy work with Tim over the off season into camp and he'd be better for it. Am I missing something?
@dcarlock Does anyone know how many years that Ryan Richards is contractually obligated to the Spurs?
@dcarlock I've seen Richards play- he is not ready. His footwork is still unsteady, his confidence waxes and wanes with the tides, he oscillates between brilliant dominance and childish mistakes. He is two years away from NBA level, three from starter, and four from (what I see as his) all star play. He hasn't even finished growing- drafted at in shoes 6'10.5", measured a year on at barefoot 7'0", looking as though he has grown- and his coordination will not settle until his body does. Don't break his confidence by throwing him in; let the young man be.
Yes! Been wondering the same..But I always get shot down like "It's not time.."
Looking at our frontcourt.. its time.
We KNEW Antonio was retiring!
Something weird has to be happening. Either they are going to sign somebody, or Holt is just trying to save money. Probably the latter. Sometimes, I wish he was not the spurs owner :(.
Oberto is sick man. BNesides, he's too old. Four of the frontline players are running in their thirties why add more? May be next draft time.
For us not to keep Zeller (Hassell was understable) it seems like the FO may have a plan..
or they have nothing
Hoping its not the latter!!!
For all the great moves the spurs do we always seem to cut good big men from camp year after year... should have keep Gani Lawal or Zeller, December 26th is going to be a long night and bring back alot of bad memories