The San Antonio Spurs have finally signed forward Jaron Blossomgame to a training camp deal, as per Jeff Garcia of News 4 San Antonio. After selecting him with the 59th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Blossomgame has spent the past year between the Austin Spurs and the Summer League.
Since his selection over a year ago, fans have campaigned for forward Jaron Blossomgame to make his way to the Spurs roster. What he lacks in size is made up for with raw explosiveness, sound instincts and a well-rounded skill set. The 6-foot-7 hybrid big man impressed throughout the season as an Austin Spur.
Source: the San Antonio Spurs have waived Amida Brimah and Julian Washburn. The Spurs have signed Jaron Blossomgame, Olivier Hanlan and Okaro White. The Spurs have also completed the signing of Drew Eubanks to a Two-Way contract.
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) September 21, 2018
Through 50 games in the G League, Blossomgame put up 16.5 points and 8.2 rebounds in 29.6 minutes per contest. While other players found themselves in and out of the rotation, Blossomgame served as the foundation of the championship team which he led in total points and rebounds on the year.
He continued his superb play into the Las Vegas Summer League, where he led San Antonio in scoring again with 13.0 points per game on 57.8 percent from the field and 40 percent from behind the arc. He also tacked on a team-high 7.6 rebounds in 25.8 minutes per contest.
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In theory, Blossomgame is the ideal modern big man because of his ability to protect the rim, space the floor, switch on defense and create his own opportunities in the paint. His craftiness as a finisher separates him from other players at his position and the chance that he finds consistency in his jump shooting makes him a great project for head coach Gregg Popovich.
Over the next 10 days, Blossomgame will have the chance to prove what he’s really worth. This will be his last shot, as San Antonio will be forced to make difficult roster decisions before the start of the season. The Spurs have one two-way contract remaining after signing rookie Drew Eubanks to a two-way deal earlier this week.
Blossomgame has already garnered the affection of San Antonio’s fans for his heart, motor and potential to become a great two-way player. Unfortunately, this is his last chance to fight for a roster spot, as the Spurs will waive his rights if they don’t sign him to a long-term deal at the conclusion of his training camp deal.
If he can live up the hype and earn a final roster spot or the remaining two-way contract, then the sky’s the limit for Blossomgame.