The former second-round pick was with the San Antonio Spurs for a workout over the weekend and it has people talking about what it could mean.
Nemanja Dangubic was spotted getting some shots up at the San Antonio Spurs practice facility on Sunday. The extent and the significance of the workout has yet to be determined. The Spurs have had a busy off-season: drafting Lonnie Walker, trading for DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl, and signing a new and old face in Dante Cunningham and Marco Belinelli.
The Spurs already have 14 players on the active roster and the 15th and final spot is expected to belong to veteran Manu Ginobili…unless it doesn’t. Ginobili is rumored to make his decision for the upcoming season known sometime this week.
Could it be possible that the Spurs are already grooming a replacement to fill the void Manu would leave on the team? It could mean nothing at all but let’s examine who exactly Dangubic is and how he got here.
— Nemanja Dangubic (@ndanga06) August 19, 2018
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Drafted 54th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, Dangubic’s draft rights were traded to the Spurs in exchange for the draft rights to Cory Jefferson and Jordan McRae. Since then, the Serbian native has spent the last four seasons playing for the KK Crvena Zvezda basketball club in the Euroleague.
Last season, Dangubic, 25, averaged 7.2 points and 3 rebounds per game while also connecting on 46.8 percent of his three-point attempts. Dangubic was playing some of his best ball before missing the rest of the 2017-18 season with a knee injury.
While the Serbian swingman is not much of a physical specimen, only weighing in at around 194 pounds to go along with his long 6’8″ frame, which could bring into question his effectiveness and durability on the defensive end, Dangubic’s shooting stroke is exactly what this Spurs team needs.
Once again, Dangubic’s appearance in the Alamo City could be nothing to think twice about, especially if Ginobili decides to return for another season. However, it could be the start of initiating Dangubic into the Spurs fold with the likes of a training camp deal. All that’s left to do now is see how the situation pans out.