With reserve C Aron Baynes’ status with the San Antonio Spurs unknown, the Spurs are looking elsewhere to fill the final roster spot. San Antonio has signed G Bryce Cotton, F JaMychal Green and F Josh Davis, but only have space for one more player on the roster.
These three players are probably at the top of the list of serious candidates for the last spot on the Spurs roster. While all three players could fit in with the Spurs system, who best fills the Spurs’ needs?
Bryce Cotton could help fill the role of backup PG Patty Mills while Mills sits out at least half the season with an injury. However, the Spurs have solid options to back up Tony Parker in Cory Joseph, first-round draft pick Kyle Anderson and even Manu Ginobili. Could Cotton be so valuable as to take the last spot in place of another big man?
Both Green and Davis provide similar physical characteristics that allow them to play forward and even some center in a smaller lineup. As backup center Baynes looks at his options in foreign basketball leagues, both Green and Davis look to fill that void.
Look for the Spurs to let these players compete for the spot through camp and the preseason. If San Antonio feels that it needs more help at the point, Cotton may be the answer, but if the team wants to provide some extra help (and rest) for Tim Duncan, Tiago Splitter and Boris Diaw, the organization will probably go with the better of Green and Davis.
Although this spot may not seem like much, the Spurs are looking to potentially replace Baynes, who showed up big against LaMarcus Aldridge and the Portland Trail Blazers in the playoffs last year. In the Spurs’ system, all players need to be ready to contribute to a championship run. Give these three players a couple more months to prove themselves and maybe one of them will earn a place with the team.