Quincy Pondexter was one of the veterans the San Antonio Spurs added this offseason. Will he make the team and does he have a future in San Antonio?
The San Antonio Spurs love to bring in journeyman role players on cheap contracts, and they’ve added a couple this offseason including Quincy Pondexter.
Pondexter was carving out a solid niche as a 20 minute per game player off the bench when his career was interrupted with some serious injuries.
He suffered a couple of knee injuries that actually turned life-threatening when he contracted an infection during a cleanup procedure in his injured knee.
Thankfully, Pondexter was able to return to the court last season after being out of basketball from 2015-17.
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The 30-year-old guard/forward has been a knockdown spot-up shooter hitting 35.7% of his 1.9 three-point attempts per game during his six year career.
However, he never got into a rhythm last season in Chicago as he went 3-for-22 from three on the year in 196 minutes over 23 games with the Bulls.
The Spurs are hoping he can return to form next year in a better environment, but they aren’t risking a lot in their investment in Pondexter.
They’ve given him a one-year deal potentially worth $2.165 million, but only $150,000 of that money is guaranteed.
It may be tough for Pondexter to get on the floor next season as the Spurs have a ton of twos and threes on their roster. Bryn Forbes, Lonnie Walker, Derrick White, and Marco Bellineli will all be fighting for minutes behind DeMar DeRozan next year, and that’s not even including Patty Mills and Dejounte Murray who slot in primarily as point guards but can play at shooting guard as well.
With that collection of talent at Pondexter’s position, I don’t even think he will make the regular season roster this year. However, I’ll always be rooting for a player that has gone through such adversity throughout his career.
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