The San Antonio Spurs announced today they have waived forward James Gist.
Gist was one of the players I expected would get one of the last roster spots due to his work ethic and hustle play this preseason.
Gist was originally selected by the Spurs in 2008 NBA Draft with the 57th overall pick. He spent the past two seasons playing overseas before being signed by San Antonio on September 27. Gist appeared in four preseason games, averaging 3.3 points and 3.0 rebounds in 10.8 minutes.
As Jeff Garcia reported yesterday, there is a rumor that Partizan Belgrade is interested in him, and perhaps the Spurs waived him since he might have been buried on the bench this season anyway.
The Spurs roster now stands at 15 and one or two more cuts are expected before Monday. With the Curtis Jerrells trade, Garrett Temple is pretty much a lock. Marcus Cousin, Alonzo Gee or Bobby Simmons are likely candidates for the next cut. While many expected Cousin would be gone by now, with Tiago Splitter’s injury, the Spurs front office may want to keep him around a little longer.
Be sure to read Jeff Garcia’s interview with Gist, which he conducted in Pittsburgh last week.