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Spurs sign Josh Howard to non-guaranteed contract

Oct 25, 2013, 4:12 PM EDT

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The Spurs were looking for a veteran, reliable backup to play behind Kawhi Leonard. They went first with Corey Maggette, but that didn’t work out.

So now they are trying Josh Howard — the Spurs just signed him to a non-guaranteed contract, reports the San Antonio Express-News.

This is a roll of the dice by the Spurs, but a low risk one at the veteran minimum price. Howard is coming off a second knee surgery in the past three years and while he has worked to get back to the Association there are serious questions about how much he can contribute. Last season the injury-plagued Timberwolves tried to give him a shot but cut him loose a month later.

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It is likely (as suggested by the Express-News) that the Spurs will turn around in the next week and waive Howard, then as one of the last three cuts by the team he can be assigned to the Austin Toros of the D-League. There they can see if he still has enough game left to help the Spurs out.

Vintage Howard would be a great scoring wing off the bench — he has a career 14.3 points per game average and was a All-Star back in 2007 (when he was with Dallas) because he could fill it up. The Spurs could use a guy like that… if Howard is still a guy like that.

  1. spursareold - Oct 25, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Hasn’t even been a replacement level player in 3 seasons. He’ll be gone by the cut date in January, if not sooner.

  2. goraidersgospurs - Oct 25, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Josh Howard signs on with Utah Jazz

    Kurt Helin Dec 15, 2011, 9:07 PM EDT

    The Utah Jazz have decided to Roll the dice on Josh Howard.Howard has signed with the Jazz for this season (ESPN’s Chris Broussard broke the story). Utah has C.J. Miles at the small forward but a healthy Howard brings a lot more offensive weaponry and points to the picture.Healthy is the question mark — he played just 18 games last season in Washington and 35 the year before that due to injury.Howard talked with the Spurs and the Wizards but decided to take his talents to Utah. On either side of him will be young players — Gordon Hayward at the two guard and Derrick Favors at the four. Howard can provide a lot to that lineup. If he’s healthy.

  3. watermelon1 - Oct 25, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Peoppe thought grant hill was done for years. He came back from worse injury problems than this. There’s no reason to think Josh Howard can’t return to above average form on the court.

    • spursareold - Oct 25, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      Grant Hill never had knee problems, let alone knee problems in both legs.

      • halfbaht - Oct 26, 2013 at 7:28 AM

        Hill never had knee problems? Is that before or after 2 knee surgeries?

  4. cowboysfaninbuffalove - Oct 25, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    When are these stupid ads going to stop

  5. iritian - Oct 25, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    I wouldve taken my chances on Balkman instead

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