The San Antonio Spurs have added another strong wing defender to their roster by signing 26-year-old forward Josh Huestis.
The San Antonio Spurs lost their starting point guard and their best defender this week as Dejounte Murray went down with a torn ACL.
The third-year player was primed for a breakout year as he was going to be handed the keys at point guard after Tony Parker had filled that position for so many years.
San Antonio waived Jaron Blossingame after receiving the results of Murray’s MRI, and many speculated that could preclude a move for the Spurs to add another point guard.
However, it looks like the front office’s focus was to find a versatile defender as they replaced Blossingame with Josh Huestis.
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Huestis spent four seasons with the Thunder after being selected with the 29th overall pick in the 2014 draft out of Stanford, but Oklahoma City declined the team option on his contract making him a free agent this offseason.
Huestis scored 2.3 points with 2.3 rebounds in 14.2 minutes per game off the bench last season, which was his first year getting any real playing time with the Thunder.
At 6-foot, 7-inches with over a 7-foot wingspan, Huestis is known more for his contributions on the defensive end of the floor and that’s why the Spurs acquired him just days before the beginning of the regular season.
San Antonio has plenty of shooting guards, but they are actually pretty thin at the small forward position behind Rudy Gay, so Huestis could see some playing time if he learns the Spurs’ system quickly.
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Murray’s injury leaves a major void in Gregg Popovich’s defense, but San Antonio is hoping they’ve acquired a solid defender who can bring some energy off the bench for them this season.