The San Antonio Spurs are absolutely decimated with injuries at the point guard position which may cause them to take a look at some available free agents.
The past week has been absolutely miserable for the San Antonio Spurs.
First, rookie guard Lonnie Walker went down with a knee injury that will keep him on the sidelines for the next six-to-eight weeks.
Then Dejounte Murray suffered a season-ending ACL injury as he was getting ready for a potential breakout year.
With Murray and Walker down, second-year guard Derrick White was expected to step up into a starting role. White put in a promising performance against the Hawks on Wednesday with 15 points, six rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and one steal as the starting point guard.
However, he started suffering some pain in his heel and now we’ve learned he will also be out for the next six-to-eight weeks with that heel injury.
With three guards sidelined due to injury, it may be time for the Spurs to sign a free agent to step in until Walker and White come back.
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Next: Tim Frazier
Tim Frazier is currently on a preseason contract with the Bucks, but the Spurs can offer him a regular season deal to steal him away from Milwaukee.
Frazier played a minimal role with the Wizards last season scoring 3 points and dishing 3.3 assists in 14.2 minutes per game. However, he’s only one year removed from playing 23.5 minutes per game where he scored 7.1 points per night with 5.2 assists and 0.9 steals in New Orleans.
Frazier’s tendency to distribute the ball well and play solid defense would fit in well in San Antonio.
The four-year veteran has bounced around the league early on in his career, so he has experience learning NBA systems very quickly and stepping in right away.
The Spurs would need Frazier to do that again as they are suddenly very thin at point guard.
Next: Jameer Nelson
Jameer Nelson is pretty ancient by point guard standards at 36 years old, but he’s continued to be a reliable player as he enters season number 15.
We all know how much Gregg Popovich loves veterans that many believe are over the hill, and he’s had success squeezing some solid production out of those players over the years.
Nelson’s extensive experience in the league should help him pick up the offense quickly and become a contributor immediately if the Spurs choose to sign him.
Nelson scored 4.9 points with 3.6 assists in just over 20 minutes per game last season in a year split between New Orleans and Detroit, and San Antonio could use those type of numbers now that Murray, White and Walker will all miss significant time with their various injuries.
Next: Mario Chalmers
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Mario Chalmers is not the same player that the Spurs faced in their NBA Finals matchups with the Heat back in the day, but he’s continued to be a pretty good point guard when healthy.
Chalmers played in 66 games for the Grizzlies last season where he averaged 7.7 points, 3 assists, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game in 21.5 minutes.
He wasn’t extremely efficient offensively with a true shooting percentage of just over 50%, but he has the potential to be better this season as he’s one more year removed from an Achilles injury that kept him on the sidelines in 2016-17.
At 32 years old, he could still have a good run of 20 or so games in him which is all San Antonio would need before their young guards get healthy.
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If Pop could convince Chalmers to have better shot selection, he could provide 15-20 minutes of solid play for the Spurs as they wait for White and Walker to recover from their current injuries.