Report: Spurs to bring veteran Joel Anthony to camp

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The Spurs’ roster for next season is basically set. They have 14 guaranteed contracts, one below the maximum they could carry into the season, but they may choose to leave that last spot empty for flexibility.

But they are looking for good veteran depth to bring into training camp, and they may have found it in Joel Anthony. He’s getting a non-guaranteed camp invite according to Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News.

The 34-year-old spent the last two seasons with the Detroit Pistons, who then waived him in July before signing former Spur Boban Marjanovic. Anthony, who is 6-foot-9, adds more veteran front court depth for the Spurs, who will enter camp with LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol, Dewayne Dedmon, and David Lee as the only other experienced big men on the roster.

Anthony is basically a 6’9″ defensive specialist who doesn’t want or need the ball much on the offensive end. Anthony can get blocks still, but his post defense has slipped.

It’s hard to see how he fits into the Spurs plans, this was a guy who couldn’t get off the bench much in Detroit last season. But he will get some money and a look in Spurs camp.