The San Antonio Spurs currently have 17 players on their pre-training camp roster, but the list must be trimmed to 15 before the 2015-16 season begins.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, recently signed center Youssou Ndoye is expected to play for the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League. Alicia DelGallo of the Orlando Sentinel notes center Cady Lalanne agreed to spend a year in Austin, too.
Consequently, the Spurs can afford to keep the remainder of their newly acquired players on the roster. The question, however, is will they decide to stash everyone?
San Antonio also added Boban Marjanovic, Jonathon Simmons and Jimmer Fredette this summer. However, either of Marjanovic and Simmons not being on the opening-night roster would be a surprise.
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The Spurs could waive Fredette or Williams—or technically (but unlikely) both—in order to open the 15th spot for an emergency-driven midseason acquisition.
Remember that throughout the 2014-15 campaign, San Antonio shuffled the last player on the roster. The franchise cycled through Austin Daye and JaMychal Green before settling on Williams, who logged 105 minutes in 20 appearances.
Williams seems the more likely candidate to be released, especially given the Spurs’ ability to rehabilitate seemingly lost careers. While Fredette buried just 9-of-48 three-pointers last season, simply mentioning the name “Jimmer” conjures up memories of the shooting guard’s college days at BYU.
Fredette offers little defense, but the 2011 first-round pick connected on 40.1 percent of his long-distance attempts from 2011-2014 as a member of the Sacramento Kings and Chicago Bulls.
Whereas Fredette can provide 10 minutes per night as a complementary piece, Williams is a limited offensive player who won’t break into a full-strength rotation.
San Antonio has room for Williams during the 2015-16 season, but the Spurs must decide if he’s worth keeping around.