The San Antonio Spurs reached an agreement with undrafted rookie Keifer Sykes, and the Wisconsin-Green Bay product said he’s excited to have a chance to potentially reach a personal goal.
"I decided to pick Spurs because they have been interested since the pre-draft process and my ultimate goal is to play in the NBA one day. They want to help me reach that goal."
Shams Charania of RealGM first reported that the Spurs and Sykes agreed to a deal. The contract is likely a training camp agreement with a small portion of guaranteed money and probably contains an option for San Antonio to keep him close to the franchise by sending him to the Austin Spurs of the D-League.
A two-time Horizon League Player of the Year for the UWGB Phoenix, Sykes averaged 16.5 points, 4.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds in 127 appearances. He tallied 9.4 points, 3.4 boards and 1.6 assists while playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers Summer League team.
Barring an unfortunate series of injuries, Sykes shouldn’t be expected to make the Spurs. He only stands 6’0″, certainly not optimal height for an NBA guard.
Granted, Sykes can leap out of the gym, so the 21-year-old atones for some of his lack of stature with outstanding athleticism. He also the potential to become a reliable three-point shooter—evidenced by a 42.3 percent clip as a sophomore—and Patty Mills has proved that San Antonio is willing to rely on an undersized shooter who gives constant effort.
If Sykes indeed remains with the organization via the D-League and shows improvement as a defender, he could have a future in San Antonio as a reserve.