The Spurs were looking for a veteran, reliable backup to play behind Kawhi Leonard. They went first with Corey Maggette, but that didn’t work out.
So now they are trying Josh Howard — the Spurs just signed him to a non-guaranteed contract, reports the San Antonio Express-News.
This is a roll of the dice by the Spurs, but a low risk one at the veteran minimum price. Howard is coming off a second knee surgery in the past three years and while he has worked to get back to the Association there are serious questions about how much he can contribute. Last season the injury-plagued Timberwolves tried to give him a shot but cut him loose a month later.
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It is likely (as suggested by the Express-News) that the Spurs will turn around in the next week and waive Howard, then as one of the last three cuts by the team he can be assigned to the Austin Toros of the D-League. There they can see if he still has enough game left to help the Spurs out.
Vintage Howard would be a great scoring wing off the bench — he has a career 14.3 points per game average and was a All-Star back in 2007 (when he was with Dallas) because he could fill it up. The Spurs could use a guy like that… if Howard is still a guy like that.