CEDAR PARK – The Austin Spurs announced three different roster moves today ahead of tomorrow night’s matchup versus the defending champion Santa Cruz Warriors.
For starters, the San Antonio Spurs have recalled guard Ray McCallum back to the NBA. McCallum was assigned to Austin yesterday in time for their matchup against the Bakersfield Jam where he lead the team with 24 points and six assists. McCallum has now boosted his averages to 18.0 points, 4.8 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 38.6 minutes per game in five appearances for the Austin Spurs this season.
In other news, the Austin Spurs also acquired two guards today, one via the available player pool and the other via assignment.
Former Rockets guard and Arizona Wildcat Nick Johnson is getting a chance to start his comeback in Austin as the team announced today that he had been picked up via the available player pool.
Johnson hasn’t seen any action since the preseason as a member of the Denver Nuggets. The 23-year-old Johnson was originally drafted in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets, where he averaged 2.6 points, 0.4 assists and 1.4 rebounds in 9.4 minutes per game.
Johnson reportedly clashed with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers coaching staff which helped the Rockets in their decision to ship him to the Denver Nuggets in the Ty Lawson deal. After missing most of summer league with a calf injury, Johnson suited up for the Nuggets in six preseason games, but was cut from the final roster. Johnson’s been relatively quiet recently, but has been seen working out on the court to get back via his personal Instagram account.
The 6-foot-3, 202 pound guard will wear #31 for the Austin Spurs and be available for action tomorrow night against the Santa Cruz Warriors.
Also making the journey to Cedar Park is guard Tim Hardaway Jr. after being assigned by the Atlanta Hawks via the flexible assignment rule. Hardaway has played all of 44 minutes in four games for Atlanta averaging 2.5 points and 1.3 rebounds while shooting a paltry 23% from the field.
It will be Hardaway’s second stint in the Development League this season, after previously playing two games for the Canton Charge in early December. In his previous appearances, Hardaway Jr. averaged 17 points per game, but shot a miserable 28% for the Charge before being recalled.
The Austin Spurs will take on the Santa Cruz Warriors tomorrow night from the AT&T Center in San Antonio. Tipoff is at 7:30 PM from the House that Tim Duncan built.