The San Antonio Spurs have waived forward Derrick Brown and center Eddy Curry today, bringing the roster down to 16. At least one more cut will need to be made prior to Oct. 29.
Prior to the Spurs’ fifth exhibition game in Miami, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich hinted that the final roster spot, if the team elected to use it all, would be between Brown and Curry.
In typical Spurs fashion, they signed while we zagged. Forwards Josh Powell and Wesley Witherspoon, who seemed like inevitable cuts, are still possibilities to fill the bench.
Through five preseason games, Brown averaged 6.6 points while shooting 65.2 percent. Curry, whose size and offensive ability made him an intriguing fit, averaged 8.4 points and 3.6 rebounds in 15.4 minutes per game. Curry appeared in five exhibitions, earning a start against Atlanta, in which he scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Starting alongside Curry against Atlanta, Brown finished in double-figures with 10 points.
While both Brown and Curry will need to find work elsewhere, the two have likely earned the Popovich stamp of approval.
Which carries a lot of weight around the league.