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Spurs Rumors: International teams eye Brandon Paul, Matt Costello

By Rob Wolkenbrod
CEDAR PARK, TX -DECEMBER 7: Matt Costello #10 of the Austin Spurs handles the ball against the Santa Cruz Warriors on December 7, 2017 at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park in Cedar Park, Texas. 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 2017 NBAE (Photos by Chris Covatta/NBAE via Getty Images)
CEDAR PARK, TX -DECEMBER 7: Matt Costello #10 of the Austin Spurs handles the ball against the Santa Cruz Warriors on December 7, 2017 at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park in Cedar Park, Texas. 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 2017 NBAE (Photos by Chris Covatta/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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With their respective departures from the San Antonio Spurs, Brandon Paul and Matt Costello may go overseas to continue their playing careers.

The San Antonio Spurs altered a chunk of their roster this summer, including the trade of Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. Though, there were a handful of lower-profile names to go in free agency.

Brandon Paul and Matt Costello were both parts of the team in the 2017-18 season, but in marginal roles. Paul appeared sparingly at the end of the bench, while Costello was signed to a two-way contract.

Well, it appears both players are on the move after the Spurs chose to not keep them, according to two pieces from Orazio Cauchi of Sportando. Barcelona and Baskonia have interest in Paul, and Italy’s Avellino and Turkey’s Galatasaray may want Costello (h/t Hoops Rumors).

Paul spent the 2017-18 season with the Spurs after they signed him to a contract out of the Summer League, with the second year of the deal not guaranteed before Aug. 1, 2018. So, before the $1.37 million salary set in for 2018-19, San Antonio waived him. 

In 64 games, Paul averaged 2.3 points and 1.1 rebounds. He previously played in the G League and overseas for a number of teams.

Costello joined the Spurs on a two-way deal for the 2017-18 season. However, he only appeared in four games at the NBA level and 30 for the G League’s Austin Spurs, averaging 8 points, 7 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game. Unlike fellow two-way player Darrun Hilliard, the organization did not tender the Michigan State product a qualifying offer.

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The Spurs have yet to replace either player on the roster, as both two-way spots remain open and no one jumped into the 15th spot. With nearly two months before training camp, there’s time for the 2018-19 squad to fill out and attempt to contend in the Western Conference.

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