Spurscast: Luka Samanic Waived and More Preseason Observations


In Spurscast episode 633, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writer Benjamin Bornstein discuss the latest San Antonio Spurs News. 

Luka Samanic waived

Monday the San Antonio Spurs waived 2019 first-round draftee Luka Samanic. While on paper the move seemed a bit surprising since Samanic was still just 21-years-old and on his rookie scale contract, the eye test said differently.

Samanic wasn’t one of the Spurs’ primary options at the 4 in three of the team’s four preseason games. With the team needing to trim the roster by October 18, roster cuts were going to be needed.

Samanic will still get his $2.9 million salary for this season and other teams have until Wednesday to claim him off the league’s waiver list.

If a team claims Samanic off the waiver list, then he would be an active player on their roster and the Spurs would no longer be responsible for his salary this season.

More observations from the preseason

The Spurs fell to the Miami Heat Friday in the preseason and then defeated the Orlando Magic Sunday.

The rotations have consistently looked like Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich will start Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, Keldon Johnson, Doug McDermott, and Jakob Poeltl. Off the bench, Popovich has been staggering the minutes of Murray and White, and having Bryn Forbes, Lonnie Walker IV, Devin Vassell, and Drew Eubanks as the second unit.

The offense and defense are analyzed in the conversation, with notes on the Spurs not playing as fast as they said they were going to do in training camp. The Spurs currently rank 27th among 30 teams in pace this preseason.

Notes and Roster Updates

The Spurs are now less than 10 days from having to waive or trade one more player to get their roster down to the league maximum of 15 players on guaranteed contracts.

Al-Farouq Aminu and Keita Bates-Diop are discussed as being players who might get waived or traded with the October 18 deadline approaching.

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