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San Antonio Spurs hire ESPN recruiting analyst for front office role

Sep 1, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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The San Antonio Spurs plucked one of ESPN’s respected analysts to work in their front office, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski. Dave Telelp, ESPN’s Senior National Recruiting Analyst, will reportedly take on the role of scouting coordinator for San Antonio’s draft prep.

The Telep hire seems to be a smart move by the Spurs considering Telep has developed a solid reputation in the college ranks. Along with knowing most college coaches on a personal level, he’s also been following the majority of draft prospects since their formative years in high school — giving him a leg up in background research as well.

It’s an interesting time in the NBA as teams have begun searching out of the box  in hopes of striking it rich with their front office hires. ESPN’s been a particularly popular area for NBA teams to poach, too, considering Telep will join John Hollinger (Grizzlies), Sebastian Pruiti (Thunder) and former Telep intern Drew Cannon (Celtics) as ESPN-to-NBA personnel members this year.

ESPN isn’t the only breeding ground for future front office personnel members, though. Wojnarowski notes the Utah Jazz recently brought agent Justin Zanik on board as assistant general manager and Golden State Warriors GM Bob Myers took a similar route, serving as an agent before being hired as assistant GM in 2011 and eventually being promoted to his current role.

  1. Jay - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Thank God. Outside of george hill, our “American-born” draft picks have really sucked over the last few years(james anderson, cory joseph)

    • 00maltliquor - Sep 1, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      Isn’t Joesph Canadian?

      • 00maltliquor - Sep 1, 2013 at 1:48 PM

        Yeah he is….just checked. I think I just pulled your Spurs card, buddy.

    • adamsjohn714 - Sep 1, 2013 at 3:39 PM

      Where’s Kawhi Leonard from?

      • 00maltliquor - Sep 1, 2013 at 5:15 PM

        That was an Indiana Pacer draft pick, originally. To be fair.

      • adamsjohn714 - Sep 1, 2013 at 5:22 PM


        Well then it was a great trade for the Spurs. I look at it as the Pacers saying, “Hey Spurs, we know we’re gonna screw up this draft pick, so we trust that you know what you’re doing and we’ll trade it for a guy you think is good.”

        Either way, the Spurs know how to pick up talent and not overpay for it.

  2. chris3702 - Sep 1, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Cory Joseph does suck! Patty mills is a much better back up pg! Pop is an idiot!

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