Training camp is right around the corner and the San Antonio Spurs continue to evaluate talent in the hopes of adding key pieces to what hopefully will be another run to the NBA Finals.
And with the team loaded with guards, it is being reported the Spurs and ex-Pacers forward Sam Young have met.
Former Pacer Sam Young is in San Antonio meeting with the Spurs today, his agent tells me. Several other clubs have expressed interest.— Chris Goff (@PacersScribe) September 4, 2013
Granted this is a meeting and nothing else should be inferred but seeing the team look at big men is refreshing.
After losing DeJuan Blair to free agency, the team's big man depth is a bit weakened especially when it comes to backing up Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard. Ironically, Young also hails from the same alma mater as Blair - University of Pittsburgh.
Drafted by the Grizzlies in the 2009 Draft, Young has played for Memphis, the 76ers and last season with the Pacers. He is 6"6', 220 lbs., 28-years old and has NBA career averages of 5.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and shot 44 percent.
He is a energy-type player and would be a nice role player off the bench. But with the team already having Jeff Pendergraph, and Aron Baynes, Young would definitely have to prove himself in the eyes of the Spurs should they extend him a training camp invite or more.
Thoughts Spurs fans?
Sam Young? I'm not opposed to him getting a shot. He just a puzzling player to me; I keep waiting for him to become more of an impact player; I think his former teams felt the same way. His talent never matched up with his productivity on the court. In sum, I doubt that Young gets the 15th roster spot.
I don't see the sense in it. He is limited and not with a high potential. Why not get someone more versatile. I'd rather see Lamychal Greene or bring back Marcus Williams. These guys can score, defend multiple positions, are younger, more athletic, and Williams can handle the ball. We really needed a tall ball handler in the finals and gave up possession after possession on traps that CJ, TP, and even Manu were too short to see over and Pop didn't trust Tracy.
If it is insignificant because it is the 15th spot, make it a development position for the future. Why wait until everyone is retired.
It seems RC job can't take all input so they hired Boylen and Telep..Good move so to plan an exit plan of TD & Manu..Sam Young has talent you will not say NO,we have Coach Chip who could turn things out for Sam Y shooting..It will be great to acquire Sam Young..Go get him Spurs and not worry about next year draft..Spurs still got M Bonner as trade chip anyways..
This meeting was not coincidence. Coach Boylen seems to be bringing his behind the scenes info from the Pacers locker room. At least worth a shot for a camp invite. Considering the Spurs have used both Green and Manu at the SF spot, I don't see why Young couldn't do it.
He's the most interesting player Spurs have been tied to yet thus far, this late imo. Is he best suited as a sf anyone? Most sites seem to list him as F/G
Hes worth a try ,still fairly young and experienced he is also very athleticand a good defender he'd be a good back up for kawhi
@jaws3 I agree on pretty much all counts. There are simply few sf left to consider imo as well. I would probably gamble on a Hollis Thompson over Sam at this point, but its looking like Spurs will most likely wait until camp to fill 15 if at all.
@jojo707 There is no argument that Sam is limited in some ways, but every guy at #15 is going to have limitations, otherwise they wouldn't be that far out. JaMychal Green looks to have potential, but could he play sf? That seems to me to be the glaring need and RC has said the same. And theres little doubt given that he was playing on Toros that Spurs are still aware of him as a possibility. M Williams likely shot himself in the foot in the eyes of FO when he was banned from Chinese team in 2012 for testing positive for weed.
Also I'm pretty sure that one of the reasons FO went for Beli was his ball handling skills and slight size advantage over Nails.
We need to look at history a bit here too. There are certainly advantages to keeping a spot open going into the season. The ability to bring up players from D league that are showing promise as well as possible waived players, like Diaw was.
@TrooperJoe73 Solid point Joe. It seems at the very least that Jim has RCs ear in matters of roster, which is good imo. My worry is his pretty awful 3pt % and below average shooting. But then again, we are talking about 15th spot, so we cant really expect a player without deficiencies of some sort for small $
Actually, I really wouldn't mind Hollis Thompson getting the last roster spot, because he plays with a nonstop motor. I just like that type of player who is solid, though not spectacular in all phases of the game.
@blsolis23 Thanks, that was my impression as well.
@jaws3 Agree on Hollis. Although unspectacular in summer league, he definitely showed promise, and he definitely does have a motor. Hopefully FO feels the same way