NBA Rumors: Spurs Could Sign Carl Landry, Thomas Robinson
The San Antonio Spurs could sign one of either Carl Landry or Thomas Robinson to fill out their training camp roster entering the new season, per sources.Advertisement
Landry, a nine-year veteran in the league, was waived by the Philadelphia 76ers last week since Brett Brown’s team has too many frontcourt players to accommodate the power forward.
According to ESPN contributor Darren Wolfson, the Spurs are one of four teams that has shown interest in signing Landry, who averaged 9.8 points and 4.1 rebounds for the Sixers last season.
The Sixers are still paying Landry since they absorbed his salary after waiving him. However, the veteran can still add value to a team coming off the bench. The Spurs lost Tim Duncan, David West and Boris Diaw this offseason but added Pau Gasol and David Lee. Landry could try and fill the void left by West.
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Spurs readying training camp roster
As of this writing, the Spurs have 17 players under contract after the recent signings of Lee and Argentinian wing Patricio Garino, who was mighty impressive during the just-concluded Rio Olympics.
The Spurs could take 18 or even 20 players into training camp before trimming down the final roster to 15 before the start of the new season next month. While Lee is almost guaranteed to be on the final roster, there is still no guarantee that Garino will make the cut.
Meanwhile, Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders has reported that San Antonio is interested in former fifth overall draft pick Thomas Robinson, who averaged 4.3 points and 5.1 rebounds for the Brooklyn Nets last season.
Again, like Landry, Robinson could be a part of the training camp roster.
Recently, the former Kansas standout told Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders that he’s trying to find a niche for himself in the league after being bounced around from the Sacramento Kings (who drafted him) to the Houston Rockets, to the Portland Trail Blazers, to the Philadelphia 76ers and most recently the Nets.
“I’ve matured so much. I see things completely different now. Coming in young, I’ll be honest, I didn’t want to hear, ‘Be a defender! Be a rebounder!
“That’s all you need to do!’ I didn’t want to hear those things. I’m okay at doing things other than just rebounding and defending, so I didn’t want to just do that,” Robinson said in the interview.
The Spurs will begin their preseason against the Detroit Pistons on October 10.