Quincy Pondexter had been a sharp-shooting wing who was a solid part of NBA rotations for years, but chronic knee issues — and multiple knee surgeries to repair them — plus a rare skin infection known as MRSA have limited him to 23 games total in the past three seasons (the Bulls waived him last February and he did not latch on with another team). Pondexter hasn’t played more than 45 games in a season since the 2014-15 season.
The San Antonio Spurs have a spot for a wing player off the bench — now that Manu Ginobili has retired — and they are willing to give Pondexter a shot to show he his healthy and earn the slot. Chris Haynes of ESPN broke the story.
This is a partially guaranteed deal at the veteran minimum, and it’s really an opportunity for Pondexter to prove he still can regularly contribute to a playoff team. It’s not hard to picture Gregg Popovich putting Pondexter in good catch-and-shoot opportunities with Patty Mills and the second unit, and the man could always shoot the rock. There’s potential there if he is truly healthy.
Pondexter is getting a chance prove it, and that’s all he can ask.