San Antonio Spurs Rumors: Matt Costello to sign two-way contract

By Rob Wolkenbrod
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 11: Matt Costello
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 11: Matt Costello /

The San Antonio Spurs reportedly will add to their roster with the addition of Matt Costello.

The San Antonio Spurs’ offseason somewhat quieted down over the past week. It started with re-signing Patty Mills, then signing Rudy Gay, Joffrey Lauvergne, and Brandon Paul in that order. Along with Pau Gasol’s imminent return, it looks like things are wrapping up for the San Antonio front office.

However, there’s also a G-League team to handle, which is now more easily accessible for NBA teams. Players can accept two-way contracts, which allows the organization to bring them back and forth from development to the main stage.

According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, the Spurs will add their first player on a two-way deal for the 2017 offseason. This is former Michigan State star, Matt Costello.

After a strong Summer League, Spurs are signing Michigan State alum Matt Costello to a 2-way deal, sources say.

— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) July 20, 2017

Costello stands at 6-foot-9, 245 pounds and is a former college standout in East Lansing, MI. He played four years there, averaging 6.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks 138 games. Production for him rose in the pros, however.

The 23-year-old played in the 2017 Summer League for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He averaged a productive and Summer League-leading 12.3 rebounds per game, along with 10.3 points that helped him stand out in his five games of action.

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Costello went undrafted in 2016 and spent time in the D-League playing for the Iowa Energy. This is the Timberwolves’ affiliate. He averaged 9.5 points and 10.2 rebounds in 25.3 minutes per game, so the rebounding numbers stayed consistent across developmental and the Summer League.

If Costello gets time with the San Antonio Spurs, he should provide bench depth at the center and power forward spots. The team only has Gasol (when he re-signs), LaMarcus Aldridge, and Joffrey Lauvergne at these spots, so maybe Costello sees time sooner than later unless something changes this offseason.

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Costello should at least be part of the Austin Spurs for the 2017-18 season. Will he make the main roster?