Spurs waive Josh Powell, exercise options on Leonard, Joseph

By Quixem Ramirez

Following the San Antonio Spurs’ 100-85 victory over the Washington Wizards, they have whittled down the roster to 14 by releasing six-year veteran forward Josh Powell.

In the Spurs’ fourth exhibition victory, Powell earned nearly five minutes of action. He missed his only attempt while grabbing two rebounds. The two-time NBA champion outlasted forward Derrick Brown and Eddy Curry, averaging 5.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in six preseason contests.

San Antonio also exercised their third year team options on 2011 draft picks Cory Joseph and Kawhi Leonard. Joseph, who will earn $1.1 million next season, has yet to make a dent in the backcourt rotation and could face anther extended stint with the Austin Toros.

Leonard, meanwhile, has taken a different path to the NBA. Slated to make $1.9 million next season, Leonard has been labeled the face of the franchise and continues to make tremendous strides improving his game.

“It feels good,” Leonard said. “I know I’ve got another year under my belt for sure. I get to come back my third year and play basketball for the Spurs. I’m happy in San Antonio and happy I don’t have to worry about trying to find another team to play for.”