Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Summer League Game #5

The San Antonio Spurs play their fifth and final summer league game today against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Spurs have lost their first four games in summer league, so this is San Antonio’s last chance to leave Las Vegas with a win.

In their latest outing, the Spurs lost to the Atlanta Hawks (GRADES). San Antonio led by double-figures in the fourth quarter but the Hawks rallied with a 14-0 run to steal the victory.

Darius Days Signs with the Miami Heat

Prior to last game, Darius Days appeared to be on his way to signing a two-way contract with the Spurs. However, he sat out the game against the Hawks (reportedly due to an illness) and today the Miami Heat announced that they have signed Days to a two-way contract.

With the Spurs, Days had averaged a double-double in less than 22 minutes per game. His three-point shooting and rebounding were especially promising. Losing Days is an unfortunate turn of events for the Spurs.

With Days to Miami, the most likely choice to join Dominick Barlow on a two-way contract for the Spurs appears to be Joe Wieskamp. A second round pick last year by San Antonio, Wieskamp spent the majority of last season on a two-way contract.

All Eyes on Blake Wesley and Malaki Branham

With Joshua Primo (health and safety protocols), Jeremy Sochan (hamstring and health and safety protocols), Joe Wieskamp (ankle) and Darius Days (Heat) not in uniform, Blake Wesley and Malaki Branham will have plenty of opportunities to shine.

Wesley is averaging 19.0 points, 3.8 assists, 3.8 assists and 1.5 assists in 30.9 minutes per game, while Branham is averaging 13.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 27.7 minutes per game.

Grizzlies Summer League Connections

The Grizzlies summer league roster has a lot of connections to the Spurs.

-Kennedy Chandler was picked by the Spurs with the 38th selection in the 2022 NBA Draft. However, he was soon dealt to the Grizzlies for a future second round pick via the Los Angeles Lakers and cash.

-Ziaire Williams was picked 10th overall in the 2021 NBA Draft, two spots before Primo.

-The Grizzlies traded up to pick Jake LaRavia at 19, one spot before the Spurs picked Branham at 20.

-The Grizzlies traded up to pick David Roddy at 23, two spots before the Spurs picked Wesley at 25.

-Grizzlies summer league head coach David McClure spent one season with the Austin Toros and then began his coaching career with the Spurs as a player development coach and a video coordinator.

The Spurs Enter as Underdogs

Oddsmakers believe the Spurs will finish summer league winless, as the Grizzlies are favored by 3.5 points. The over/under for the game is set at 175 points.

The Grizzlies have a deep roster, while the Spurs are missing four of their six best players. At this point, the safest bet is on Memphis to cover.