As it turns out, Doug McDermott isn't the only new addition who previously admired the San Antonio Spurs. On Thursday, the club officially announced their signing of 6-11 center and power forward Zach Collins.
Injuries have hampered Collins so far in his three seasons, with his latest ankle injury sidelining him all of last year with Portland. Still, while signing the talented big to a three-year deal is certainly a risk, the Spurs' front office did an excellent job of using non-guaranteed money in the contract as a precaution.
As it turns out, long before he was drafted as the 10th overall pick by the Kings in 2017, he was admiring the Spurs on Twitter. An old tweet of his resurfaced after the news broke that he'd be signing with the Silver and Black.
To give some context to this tweet from a 14-year-old Collins, the Spurs had just won their 20th game in a row, with half of those coming in the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the Jazz, Clippers, and Thunder.
Unfortunately, San Antonio proceeded to lose four straight games against Oklahoma City starting two days after this tweet, fizzling out instead of making another NBA Finals. Zach, why did you have to mention how good they are?
Obviously, I'm kidding. The Spurs simply ran out of gas against a nuclear Kevin Durant and Thunder team that ended up making the Finals but losing 4-1 to Miami. And to be fair to Mr. Collins, he frequently brought up the Spurs throughout his teenage years in a positive light, which I compiled for Twitter.
Given the low-risk, high-reward aspect of his contract, the Spurs were wise to pick up some more insurance in the frontcourt. With another new signee, Jock Landale, eager to make his mark, Collins can be allowed to make a full recovery before hitting the hardwood again.
Here's to hoping Zach can make a true impact on the team he's admired for years.