San Antonio Spurs add forward Josh Powell to training camp roster (Update)

By Quixem Ramirez

April 13, 2011; Charlotte, NC, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Powell (12) looks to drive past Charlotte Bobcats forward Boris Diaw (32) while playing at Time Warner Cable Arena. Bobcats won 96-85. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-US PRESSWIRE

Update Sept. 27, 4:25 pm: The San Antonio Spurs’ training camp roster has extended to 18 players after the addition of forward Josh Powell.

Powell, a six-year veteran who last played with the Atlanta Hawks in the 2010-11 season, boasts a career 9.2 Player Efficiency Rating (PER). In between his stint in the NBA, Powell has played in China, Switzerland and Puerto Rico.

In related news: Media day will begin on Oct. 1 at 1 p.m. Training camp opens the following day on Oct. 2.

Hat-tip to Josh Guyer of Pounding the Rock.

Sept. 26, 3:57 pm: Before the Spurs play their first preseason game against Montepaschi Siena on Oct. 6, they will need to flesh out their training camp roster. Even though the majority of the roster won’t crack a NBA roster, they are necessary components as they will offer competition for the more established players.

Considering the Spurs have already offered a non-guaranteed contract to forward Derrick Brown, and Tyler Wilkerson also has an edge over his competition because of his summer league performance, there are essentially zero holes on the Spurs’ NBA roster to fill.

Having already invited forward Wesley Witherspoon to training camp, the Spurs also added former Austin Toros guard Tre Kelley, who last played with the organization in 2011 (via Twitter).

“Wishing my man @trekel1ey nothing but the best during the San Antonio Spurs BBall Camp. – #SpurNation #Dunbar #SouthCarolina #DMV”

Kelley appeared in 11 games with the Toros, averaging 9.4 points, 3.4 assists, 1.8 rebounds and 43% shooting. He assisted on 22.6% of Austin’s possessions while he was on the floor but he also created a turnover on 23.6% of his possessions.

Kelley finished his senior season with South Carolina with solid averages of 18.9 points, 5.1 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 43.6% shooting — all incremental improvements over his prior seasons. Kelley wasn’t a great shooter in college as he converted on 33.2% of his attempts from behind the arc.

He also played overseas with Croatia and Israel in addition to brief training camp stints with the Miami Heat and the Memphis Grizzlies.

The odds of Kelley earning a long-term roster spot are very slim.

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Hat-tip to Jeff Garcia of Project Spurs.