The Austin Spurs announced a trio of trades on Wednesday afternoon, moving one active player on the roster, as well as a pair of “returning player” rights (RPR). Currently just outside of the playoff picture in the Western Conference, the trades don’t mean a lot for Austin (6-7) right now, but could later this season, and definitely will in 2023.
Returning player rights are important for G League teams and their franchises alike because if and when a player decides to return, it isn’t a waiver situation. The teams that hold their rights will be able to get the first real evaluation of that player on the court and how they may fit in the organization’s plans.
Austin Spurs Receive: RPR for Ky Bowman
Agua Caliente Clippers Receive: RPR for Cam Reynolds & First-Round Pick 2022 G League Draft
In the headline transaction, Austin traded the RPR for forward Cam Reynolds to the Agua Caliente Clippers (Los Angeles Clippers) for the RPR rights to guard Ky Bowman. The Spurs also sent a 2022 first-round pick in the 2022 G League Draft to the Clippers as well. Both Reynolds and Bowman have NBA experience, which is a plus for both organizations.
OFFICIAL: The Austin Spurs have acquired the returning player rights to Ky Bowman and three picks in the 2022 G League Draft
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Reynolds played with the Austin Spurs in the G League Bubble last winter and has been in and out of the NBA. He had a number of standout performances in Orlando, playing with Luka Samanic, Tre Jones, and Quinndary Weatherspoon, recording five 20-point outings. Reynolds’ game works both inside and out, which is why teams like the Rockets, Timberwolves, Spurs, and now Clippers have been wanting him in their organization. In 24 career NBA games, he has a stat line of four points and nearly two rebounds in 12 minutes per appearance. He is currently playing with Dolomiti Engergia Trentino of the LBA Serie A in Italy where he is averaging 15.8 points per game, as well as four rebounds.
Bowman hasn’t played since last season and is recovering from an ACL injury. In six games last year, he averaged nine points, three rebounds, and two assists per game. He twice scored 15 points and was most effective inside the perimeter. During his first year in the league in 2019-2020, Bowman played in 45 games with the Golden State Warriors, earning 12 starts. He averaged seven points per game in 20 minutes a night.
Austin Spurs Receive: RPR for Jarrod Uthoff & First-Round Pick 2022 G League Draft
Birmingham Squadron Receive: RPR for Daulton Hommes
On Wednesday, Austin was able to pick up another first-round pick in next fall’s G League draft to make up for the one they moved to the Clippers, this time in a deal with the Birmingham Squadron (New Orleans Pelicans). The pick came along with the RPR for Jarrod Ufhoff in exchange for the RPR to forward Daulton Hommes.
Uthoff played through January with the Mikawa Seahorses in the Japan – B1 League, averaging a near double-double with 13.2 points and nearly nine rebounds. A G League veteran since 2016, Uthoff has seen the NBA floor for 13 games, earning call-ups with the Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, and Washington Wizards. His season-highs in Japan this year are 26 points and 16 rebounds, recording six double-doubles.
Hommes last played with Austin in the 2019-2020 season, followed by a season with Vanoli Cremona in the LBA Serie A in Italy. A three-point specialist and D-II Player of the Year coming out of college, Hommes averaged eight points in 19 minutes per game behind Samanic and Keldon Johnson. Last season in Italy, he returned to form, shooting 42-percent from the perimeter and averaging 16 points per game.
Austin Spurs Receive: Two (2) Third-Round Picks 2022 G League Draft
Texas Legends Receive: Anthony Mathis
An interesting in-division trade, Austin sent guard Anthony Mathis to the Texas Legends (Dallas Mavericks) in exchange for a pair of third-round picks in next fall’s G League Draft. In his second season with Austin, Mathis saw his minutes and production drop significantly from the G League Bubble a year ago, thus becoming moveable. His best game in this young regular season was in the second match-up against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (Houston Rockets) back in January. In 19 minutes that night, he scored 20 points with a scoring 4-6 shooting from beyond the arc. He has averaged just four points per game and a pair of rebounds with his 14 minutes in 13 games.