The San Antonio Spurs will reportedly sign 6-foot-7 forward Damion James to a 10-day contract, according to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein.
Spurs’ forthcoming 10-day deal is with Damion JAMES #learnhowtotypestein
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) April 2, 2014
James, a four-year product of the University of Texas, was selected with the 24th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. James was dealt on draft night to the Brooklyn (formerly New Jersey) Nets in exchange for Jordan Crawford and Tibor Pleiss.
James appeared in 34 NBA games with the Nets in three seasons, where he averaged 4.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in 16.9 minutes per game. He bounced around from the Nets — after an unsuccessful first stint, in which he started nine games — to Atlanta Hawks training camp, before ultimately finding his way back to the Nets for one 10-day contract. James has played 96% of his NBA minutes at small forward, according to Basketball Reference.
James, a bulky small forward with limited shooting range, could not cut it in the NBA. He found a home with the NBA D-League’s Bakersfield Jam (71 games) and Texas Legends (14 games). He averaged 16.1 points, 8.2 rebounds and 43.4 percent shooting in his stint in the D-League.
The Spurs are using their final roster spot to sign James. He will be eligible to play in the postseason, though, since he has not played in the NBA this season (via 48 Minutes of Hell’s Matthew Tynan).
Meanwhile, Austin Daye, Matt Bonner and Aron Baynes are out for tonight’s game against the Golden State Warriors.