It seems like the San Antonio Spurs have a specific plan for veteran Josh Howard.
The former Dallas Mavericks forward was signed yesterday and he barely had a chance to unpack his bags as he has been waived today by the organization.
According to Mike Monroe of the San Antonio News-Express, the idea is to have Howard clearing waivers so he can be later assigned to the Austin Toros, the D-League Affiliate of the Spurs.
This is an example of another typical move made by the Spurs’ management in recent years.
Josh Howard wasn’t going to be a real factor for the team at the start of the season and maintaining him at the NBA team would’ve cost them a valuable spot in the roster. By placing Howard on waivers the Spurs do have a chance of losing him to another team, but that’s highly unlikely as he was still a free agent with only a few days left to start the regular season.
The big prize here would be if the Spurs are actually able to land him at the D-League. He had limited success in the years he was productive and he has a lot of experience, so he could be a positive leader for the young players with the Austin Toros. If he’s able to get himself into game shape, he could even land a spot in the team where he could be a nice piece coming off the bench.
Granted, there are a lot of things that could go wrong as Howard hasn’t had success in recent years. But this is a typical high-risk-high-reward proposition that could end up being positive for the Spurs.