Spurs take flyer on undrafted rookie to fill their final two-way contract

2022 NBA Salt Lake City Summer League - Philadelphia 76ers v Utah Jazz
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The San Antonio Spurs have claimed Julian Champagnie off waivers, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Champagnie inked a two-way deal with the Philadelphia 76ers after going undrafted this summer. He made two regular-season appearances for the senior club in November before they waived him on Tuesday.

The rookie forward spent most of his short tenure with the Sixers playing for their G League affiliate. The 21-year-old averaged 17.7 points and 6.2 rebounds in 32 games with the Delaware Blue Coats.

San Antonio owned one more two-way opening following their promotion of Charles Bassey to a four-year contract this week, and Champagnie will fill that vacancy for the Spurs.

Champagnie was a three-year standout at St. John's, where he showed a knack for blocking shots, playing the passing lanes, and spacing the court with his three-point shooting, traits San Antonio could use right now.

Although the Brooklyn native will be behind Keldon Johnson, Keita Bates-Diop, Jeremy Sochan, and Doug McDermott on the depth chart, he could see minutes if the Spurs continue falling further in the standings.

Even if Champagnie doesn't break into the rotation, the Silver and Black will still have plenty of games to evaluate him with the Austin Spurs. And maybe he can earn another stint from PATFO if he shines in the G League.

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