In Spurscast episode 672, Spurscast host Paul Garcia discusses:
- The Spurs’ finalized roster to begin the regular season
- The season-opening loss to the Charlotte Hornets
The Regular Season Roster Finalized
In order to get their roster to the NBA requirement of 15 players and two two-way players by opening night, the San Antonio Spurs had to waive 3-point shooter Joe Wieskamp.
The final roster spot came down to Wieskamp and Romeo Langford during training camp and the preseason, and Langford win out the last roster spot.
By making the opening night roster, both Tre Jones and Keita Bates-Diop saw their contracts go from non-guaranteed to fully guaranteed deals.
Though their roster is set, trades are still a possibility for this season with the team having $30 million in cap space. If other teams are trying to move a player with a large contract and attaching future draft picks in a deal, the Spurs would be in the ideal position to participate in that type of trade.
Season Opening Loss to Charlotte
Wednesday the Spurs opened their season with a 27-point loss to the Charlotte Hornets. The Hornets built a 20-point lead in the first half, the Spurs got within 10 points in the third quarter, but Charlotte answered and ended up building a 35-point lead.
Keldon Johnson was the stand-out player for the Spurs with 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists.
The Spurs struggled from the 3-point line while the opposite happened for Charlotte.
Though it’s just one game, the opening game shows a glimpse of how young players Josh Primo, Keldon Johnson, and Devin Vassell will have more responsibility to create for themselves and others by looking at the early drive’s data.