The San Antonio Spurs were busy on Thursday as they signed six players to contracts including Pau Gasol and first round draft pick Dejounte Murray.
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The 7-foot Gasol is a 15-year veteran and a four-time All-NBA selection who has won two NBA Championships. He brings a lot of winning and playoff experience to San Antonio. Last season, Gasol was the only player in the NBA to average at least 15.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists. In 72 games with the Chicago Bulls, he averaged 16.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists while shooting .469 (467-995) from the field and .792 (229-289) from the foul line in 31.8 minutes.
Murray was the Spurs lone pick in the draft. He is currently playing with the Spurs summer league team. He is averaging11.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 24.8 minutes through five games. The 6-foot guard just completed his freshmen season at University of Washington where he 16.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.82 steals in 34 minutes of playing time.
Other notable signings for the Spurs: Davis Bertans who was selected in the second round of the 2011 draft by the Indiana Pacers before the Spurs acquired his draft rights. It has been a long five years waiting for the 6-foot-10 23 year old who says via his twitter account, stating “it has been a tough road to get here”.
— Davis Bertans (@DBertans_42) July 14, 2016
Bertans has flashed the obvious skill to be a contributor in the NBA. He has been a product of San Antonio for so many years and playing overseas has helped him in polishing those skills. While playing in Europe, he has built up a reputation of being one of the best shooters. During competition, he knocked down 43-percent of his 3-PT attempts last season. He will definitely be utilized to stretch the floor out for San Antonio bigs.
Two players that were undrafted and added to the Spurs summer league roster were former Michigan State point guard Bryn Forbes and Villanova Wildcats Ryan Arcidiacono. Forbes, turned heads and shot his way to a contract with the Spurs as he was impressive in three games during the Utah summer league. While there he was averaging 16 points on 60 percent shooting, including 43 percent on 3-pointers. Though his scoring has declined while in competing in Las Vegas (7.5 points per game) he certainly has made a good enough impression to get him a roster spot at least. Acridiacono, is averaging 2.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 19.4 minutes in seven total games between Las Vegas and Utah. He was named the Most Outstanding Player during the 2016 Final Four where he helped lead Villanova to an NCAA Title.
DeWayne Dedmon whom is an athletic 7-footer also signed with San Antonio Thursday. While playing in Orlando last season, he played in 58 games, averaging 4.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 0.8 blocks.
It definitely is good to see San Antonio going the younger route in these signings. There is no guarantee that Forbes, Dedmon, and Arcidiacono will even make the roster.San Antonio can carry 20 players on their roster prior to the beginning of the season, which then they would have to cut down to 15.