Veteran center Joel Anthony is finalizing a deal with the San Antonio Spurs ahead of the training camp, according to several reports.
According to San Antonio Express-News, Anthony would be signing a non-guaranteed contract ahead of training camp which takes place between September 27 and October 2.
The Spurs will begin their preseason against the Phoenix Suns on October 3.
As of this writing, 14 players have confirmed roster spots for the 2016-17 season. Anthony will compete with four other players during training camp and preseason for the final roster spot.
The Spurs, who set a new franchise record last season with 67 regular season wins, will be taking 18 players into their training camp roster.
There is a lot of buzz about the team since it would be the first season in 19 years when the five-time champions enter a court without stalwart Tim Duncan.
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Joel Anthony a good fit?
After losing the likes of Tim Duncan, Boban Marjanovic, David West and Boris Diaw this offseason, the Spurs had a significant dearth of frontcourt rotation.
However, coach-cum-president Gregg Popovich addressed that issue with the acquisitions of Pau Gasol, David Lee and Dewayne Dedmon.
The 34-year-old will be joining LaMarcus Aldridge and the aforementioned veterans as the experienced big men on the training camp roster.
It still remains unlikely that he makes the roster. However, it depends on how well the other non-guaranteed players fare starting next week.
Earlier this month, there were several reports that Carl Landry and/or Thomas Robinson could also receive training camp invites. However, that hasn’t happened thus far. Typically, a team takes up to 20 players into training camp.
Anthony, part of the Miami Heat teams which reached four consecutive finals between 2010 and 2014, besides winning two titles, has been bounced around the league since the 2013-14 season.
In July, he was waived by the Detroit Pistons after spending two seasons with Stan Van Gundy’s team.
Last season, Joel Anthony averaged a meager 0.9 points and 1.1 rebounds in 19 appearances.