The San Antonio Spurs made a huge move in signing LaMarcus Aldridge this summer and he will start alongside Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard this season and in training camp, players like Jimmer Fredette, Reggie Williams and Keifer Sykes likely will compete for a roster spot after Sykes signed a deal this past week.
The Spurs are being looked at as the favorites in the west after signing Aldridge and he now has the chance to be the face of the franchise when Duncan finally retires. Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard give the team two great stars to build around and the Spurs already have a legendary trifecta in Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. Heading into training camp the starting lineup and main bench is set, but the end of the roster has questions and some intriguing players in the mix.
According to RealGM, Shams Charania reports that the Spurs have signed Keifer Sykes to a contract. The point guard went undrafted from Wisconsin-Green Bay and he likely will compete for a roster spot for the Spurs. The team is pretty deep at point guard with Tony Parker, Patty Mills and Ray McCallum on the depth chart, but the Spurs may like what they see in Sykes. If Sykes doesn't make the team out of camp, he could be waived and then signed to the D-League for the Spurs.
Sykes could impress and push to stay and according to Pro Basketball Talk, Jimmer Fredette, Reggie Williams, Youssou Ndoye and Sykes likely will compete for roster spots in camp. The Spurs already have a roster with 13 guaranteed salaries and with Matt Bonner making the team, it leaves a limited amount of space for anyone else. PBT reports that Sykes is "quick and explosive", but that he needs to work on his outside shooting.
The Spurs signed Fredette to a partially guaranteed contract earlier in the summer and while he has a chance to make the team, it's not a sure thing right now the way things are lined up. Fredette comes in after averaging 3.6 points last season while shooting 38 percent from the field for the Pelicans. Fredette previously played 49 games for the Bulls following two seasons with the Kings where he was a top draft pick. Fredette has averaged 6.1 points per game for his career and has a shooting percentage of over 40 percent from the field.
Kyle Anderson had a strong summer for the Spurs and while he likely won't get major minutes, he is a part of the future for the team. The Spurs also made a trade this summer in acquiring Ray McCallum from the Kings for a second round pick. The move was a solid one, as the Spurs did not have to give up much and received a solid player that should be able to contribute as a reserve behind Parker and Mills. McCallum averaged 7.4 points last season and shot 43 percent from the field and he still could develop into a starting player.
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