The San Antonio Spurs may soon be following the Phoenix Suns with the second D-League call-up of the season, but according to Jonathan Givony of Draft Express, that player won’t be coming from Austin.
Tulsa 66ers forward Larry Owens appears to be a player the Spurs have targeted and is rumored to be receiving a 10-day contract from the Spurs this week.
The 6-7 Owens, who worked out with the Spurs this summer, is averaging 13.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game for the 66ers this season.
Rob Mahoney of Pro Basketball Talk says Owens could do some damage knocking in three-pointers from the perimeter and would fit right in in San Antonio.
“Owens should fit right at home in San Antonio, tucked away in the corner to fire away from three-point range. He’s made 37.7% of his three-point attempts during his two-year D-League career, and an impressive 46.4% mark from long range during last season’s D-League playoffs (during which Owens led the 66ers all the way to the D-League Finals). On top of that, Owens is a solid positional rebounder and a long defender, making him a suitable complement for the Spurs’ array of talented players. Owens won’t play much if at all, but he certainly fits the San Antonio mold of the role-player-in-waiting, ready to step in and contribute at the first sign of injury trouble.”
I got a chance to speak briefly with Kevin Henry, who covers Owens and the Tulsa 66ers for his blog, 66ers Nation and he seems to think it may be tough to crack the rotation in San Antonio, but Henry is not surprised at the rumor of Owens in silver & black.
“Wouldn’t surprise me. He has the skills,” Henry said. “(Owens has) just been waiting for his turn to get a chance. It looks like SA has a nice rotation already so it might be tough to break in.”
Henry also said Owens has the ability to drive and create and serves as a leader on the court for the 66ers.
While a signing has not been made official, we’ll be sure to let you know right here on Project Spurs when it becomes confirmed.