There are no more Spurs games until Friday, so for those of us in need of a Spurs fix, I give you another installment of “Odds and Ends”… enjoy.
Tag » Dwayne Jones
You may or may not remember this, but on October 13th, just before the start of this season, the Spurs waived Dwayne Jones. Jones, a 6-11 250-lb forward/center, is now averaging 16.8 points and 15.4 rebounds for the Austin Toros. Not too shabby, even for the D-League. Well, the Mavericks lost Erick Dampier for a month or so with a dislocated finger and need to bring on a backup. Guess who they are looking at? You guessed it… Dwayne Jones. According to ESPN:
“Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com that the Mavericks will work out Dwayne Jones of the Austin Toros later Tuesday and are planning to sign him to a 10-day contract. One source said Jones could even be active for Wednesday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers.”
Now there is no certainty that the Mavs will bring in Jones, but it would be one more punch in the gut if this guy turned out to be halfway decent and further helped our division rivals in Dallas. The simple fact that he is being considered right now makes me wonder how much potential is being wasted in Ian Mahinmi and Malik Hairston right now.
With a brutal upcoming schedule, we probably won’t get to find out any time soon. I am sure Pop will insist on playing Keith Bogans and Matt Bonner while the Spurs defense fizzles away into non-existence in the fourth quarter of the next few games. We’d be lucky to see Blair get more than 20 minutes.
Well, so much for the Dwayne Jones era in San Antonio. The Spurs waived him yesterday and are now down to 17 players on the roster. I expect Marcus Haislip to be the next on the chopping block. After that it’s a toss-up between Malik Hairston and Curtis Jerrells. They’ll probably carry Theo Ratliff, Marcus Williams, and the Jerrells/Hairston survivor on the inactive roster.
The NBA season doesn’t officially begin until October 27th, but the pre-season action is now underway. The Spurs will take on the Houston Rockets tonight in their pre-season opener before facing Olympiakos on Friday. That’s right, folks, Olympiakos. Please try to contain your enthusiasm. We’ll get to those games in due time, but for now, let’s look at what the Spurs did over the summer.