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San Antonio Spurs: Chimezie Metu sent down to G-League

PORTLAND, OR - OCTOBER 20: Chimezie Metu #7 of the San Antonio Spurs shoots the ball against the Portland Trail Blazers on October 20, 2018 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - OCTOBER 20: Chimezie Metu #7 of the San Antonio Spurs shoots the ball against the Portland Trail Blazers on October 20, 2018 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The San Antonio Spurs sent rookie Chimezie Metu down to the G-League to make room for some players coming back from injury.

The San Antonio Spurs drafted Chimezie Metu with the 49th overall pick in the second round of this year’s draft.

Metu is incredibly athletic and talented at 6-foot 11-inches, but his skillset is still pretty raw which was why he was available in the second round.

Metu was able to make the Spurs’ NBA roster because of a rash of injuries to players that were expected to be in the rotation during the preseason.

He has played in five games with the big league squad, but all of Metu’s minutes this season have come in garbage time.

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With Derrick White making a return from injury last night against the Heat and first round pick Lonnie Walker expected to be back soon from his preseason injury, the Spurs have sent Metu down to the G-League.

At first glance this is a bit disappointing considering Metu has become a favorite among Spurs fans throughout the draft process and the lead up to the regular season.

However, this shouldn’t be looked at as a negative move.

Metu was never supposed to be in the rotation as a rookie, but some extreme injury circumstances forced him on to San Antonio’s bench. With his move down to the G-League team in Austin, the former USC Trojan can get consistent playing time in a competitive environment and continue to work on his development with the Spurs’ coaching staff.

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Metu should slide into the starting lineup in Austin and get the playing time that he couldn’t get in the NBA.

Hopefully there will be plenty of highlights surfacing of Metu tearing up the G-League very soon.

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