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San Antonio Spurs: 2018 Summer League roster adds Raphiael Putney

By Rob Wolkenbrod
ERIE, PA - MARCH 2: Raphiael Putney #24 of the Erie BayHawks shoots the ball against Maine Red Claws at a NBA G-League game on March 9, 2018 at Erie Insurance Arena in Erie, PA. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Rob Frank/NBAE via Getty Images)
ERIE, PA - MARCH 2: Raphiael Putney #24 of the Erie BayHawks shoots the ball against Maine Red Claws at a NBA G-League game on March 9, 2018 at Erie Insurance Arena in Erie, PA. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Rob Frank/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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The San Antonio Spurs made another addition to their 2018 Summer League roster.

With the end of the 2018 NBA Draft, comes the free-agent period; in the midst of it is the 2018 NBA Summer League, where all 30 teams put together a roster of their draft picks, undrafted players and younger veterans that are fighting for their professional basketball livelihood. The San Antonio Spurs will have a squad for the Utah Jazz Summer League and the Vegas Summer League.

On Sunday, the Spurs added a player to their Summer League roster, according to Nicola Lupo of Sportando and DefPenHoops. It’s Raphiael Putney, who played for the Erie BayHawks of the G League in 2017-18.

Source: Raphiael Putney, who played with the G League's Erie BayHawks last season, is joining the San Antonio Spurs for the NBA Summer League.

— Nicola Lupo (@NicolaLupo99) June 24, 2018

Putney has played three of the past four years in the G League, where he averaged 14.6 points, 7 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocks per game. in 2017-18, he put up 16.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks.

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Putney joins a Spurs Summer League roster that includes Drew Eubanks, Maverick Rowan and London Perrantes. That’s without mention of first and second-year players already in the San Antonio organization.

Derrick White, the Silver and Black’s 2017 first-round pick, played in Summer League last summer and should be a candidate to join the upcoming roster. He split time between the G League and NBA this past season.

Jaron Blossomgame, the organization’s second-round pick in the same class as White, could be an option, as well. He did not appear in an NBA game.

There’s also the draft picks from Thursday’s class, Lonnie Walker and Chimezie Metu. Walker, a shooting guard from Miami, went No. 18 overall. Metu landed at No. 49 in the second round.

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The Spurs Summer League roster should be known soon, as the schedule kicks off in less than two weeks. There are plenty of chances for young talent to shine, so let’s see who breaks through and earns a spot under Gregg Popovich.

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