According to Yahoo! Sports’ Shams Charania of the Vertical, recently waived point guard Andre Miller, who just recently cleared waivers Saturday, will sign a deal with the San Antonio Spurs for the remainder of the season.
With the Spurs’ roster currently meeting its maximum number of players with 15, San Antonio will have to waive a player to make room for Miller. According to Charania, the decision of which Spur will be waived could come as soon as Sunday.
Miller, 39, was recently waived or “bought out” by the Minnesota Timberwolves after being a mentor for most of the season for their young guards Ricky Rubio and Zach Lavine. Miller only played in 26 games for the Wolves this season, so that Rubio and Lavine could continue to get a majority of the guard minutes and develop.
In his 26 games on the floor with the Wolves, Miller averaged 3.4 points and 0.9 assists, while shooting 62.1% from the floor in 10.8 minutes per contest. Miller, a veteran guard, likely would be more of an insurance option for Spurs point guards Tony Parker and Patty Mills, as the playoffs approach within the next 24 games.
As for who the Spurs would likely waive, that decision might come down to three of their players deep at the end of the bench: Matt Bonner, Ray McCallum or Rasual Butler. All three players are making $947,276 this season per BasketballInsiders.com, and outside of Butler, most haven’t had a steady distribution of minutes this season.
Bonner has played the least amount of games of any Spur this season with just 20 of 58 games played. McCallum could be the odd man out, since the Spurs would now carry four point guards with Miller, and McCallum has only played in 30 of 58 games with San Antonio, as he’s often been sent on assignment back and forth to the D-League with the Austin Spurs. With Manu Ginobili currently recovering from surgery, Butler has seen an increase in minutes as one of the backup wings off the bench, along with Kyle Anderson and Jonathon Simmons. Butler has appeared in 41 of the Spurs’ 58 games this season.
Before the Miller news was announced, Marc Stein of ESPN.com reported that the Spurs are the favorites to also add recently waived shooting guard Kevin Martin. Martin, 33, has played in 39 games for the Wolves this season, where he averaged 10.6 points in 21.4 minutes, while connecting on 1.0 of 2.6 threes (36.9%) per game.
Martin has often dealt with injuries over his career, but as recently as the 2013-14 season, he managed to play in 68 games and in 32.0 minutes, he averaged 19.1 points, while shooting 1.7 of 4.4 threes (38.7%) per game.
Whether the Spurs still have interest in Martin remains to be seen with the news of Miller choosing San Antonio. Should the Spurs attempt to sign both free agents, then San Antonio would have to waive two players to do so.