Report: Spurs “expressed interest” in Jeff Adrien

By Quixem Ramirez

April 13, 2011; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Jeff Adrien (4) rests between plays against the Portland Trail Blazers during the fourth quarter at ORACLE Arena. The Warriors defeated the Trail Blazers 110-86. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Free agent forward Jeff Adrien agreed to a non-guaranteed contract with the Charlotte Bobcats according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports. Adrien has appeared in 31 games with the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets, averaging a modest 2.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 42.9% shooting.

Prior to his agreement with Charlotte, though, the Spurs expressed interest in the 26-year-old year forward along with the Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics.

While Adrien measures as a prototypical small forward, he is not much of a perimeter shooter. He attempted six 3-pointers in four seasons of collegiate basketball.

To offset his lack of perimeter shooting, Adrien is an above-average rebounder for his position and he shoots at an elite efficiency (which is to be expected of a guy who rarely strays behind the arc). Adrien isn’t much of a passer but he does enough offensively to be productive.

Adrien has not carved a consistent role with any team. He has played on the Orlando Magic and Memphis Grizzlies’ summer league squads and participated in various NBA training camps. Without much success Adrien ventured overseas, spending abbreviated stints with Spanish League’s Leche Río Breogán and the Italian club Benetton Treviso.

Adrien has some experience in a winning program, too: Connecticut qualified for the NCAA Tournament three of his four years, including a loss in the Regional Final to George Mason in his freshman season and a loss in the National Semifinals against eventual runner up Michigan State. Adrien recorded 13 points and seven rebounds while shooting 5-of-10 from the field in their nine-point loss to the Spartans.

Adrien finished his collegiate career with more than 1,600 points and 1,100 rebounds, becoming the second Huskie to accomplish the feat since head coach Jim Calhoun was hired in 1986.