Spurs sign Damion James for remainder of season


Via San Antonio Express News

Former Longhorn forward Damion James, who recently signed a 10-day contract with the San Antonio Spurs, has been signed for the remainder of the season to flesh out the team’s depth at small forward, the Spurs announced Sunday.

James was signed to a 10-day contract on April 3 after playing for Dallas Mavericks’ D-League affiliate Texas Legends. Since his initial contract, James has appeared in three games and played a total of 10 minutes, pulling down three rebounds with no points.

A 6-foot-7 small forward, James played four seasons with the Longhorns and averaged 18.0 points and 10.3 rebounds per game his senior year.

The Atlanta Hawks drafted James with the 24th pick of the NBA draft before he was traded to the New Jersey Nets. Injuries plagued James’ first two seasons in the NBA, and he played in only 32 games.

Since, James has been in what is deemed basketball purgatory, sharing time between the NBA Development League and short, 10-day contracts with NBA teams. After being waived by the Denver Nuggets in September, James returned to the D-League.

He was averaging 21.1 points and 11.3 rebounds with the Texas Legends when the Spurs picked him up to provide insurance behind Kawhi Leonard.

Brian Kendall

Part-time journalist turned full-time blogger, Brian is an online staff writer at Horns Illustrated and serves as senior staff writer for digital marketing agency Speak Social. Brian currently resides in Austin and you can read his blog at the following address: briankendall.wordpress.com

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