Spurs Roster Update: Bryn Forbes Leaves for Bucks, Jakob Poeltl and Keita Bates-Diop Sign Contracts

It’s been a busy past week within the NBA as teams have been making roster moves. The latest San Antonio Spurs roster update has seen the team lose Bryn Forbes to free agency. However, the team has also used their final two-way contract to sign Keita Bates-Diop to a deal in what appears to be a continued rebuild for the future.

It’s been a busy past week within the NBA as teams have been making roster moves. The latest San Antonio Spurs roster update has seen the team lose Bryn Forbes to free agency. However, the team has also used their final two-way contract to sign Eita Bates-Diop to a deal in what appears to be a continued rebuild for the future.

Bryn Forbes Leaves Spurs Roster for Bucks

On Sunday, ESPN’s NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski continued his busy past week of tweeting the latest updates including the fact Bryn Forbes left the Spurs roster. Forbes will take his talents to the Milwaukee Bucks to aid a team that features MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and was the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference this past season.

Forbes reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with the Bucks, ending his time with San Antonio. He arrived undrafted out of Michigan State back in the 2015-16 NBA season and has averaged 8.9 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 21.7 minutes per game over his four seasons. 

Bryns was a starter for the team in the 81 of their 82 games for the 2018-19 season, as he was healthy for the duration. He also started 62 of the team’s 63 games this past season which was shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Forbes also set the Spurs’ record for most three-pointers in a half with seven this past season.

The Spurs added two guards via the recent NBA Draft with 6-foot-7 Devin Vassell out of Florida State and 6-foot-3 Tre Jones from Duke. In addition, the roster still has talented guards including Derrick White, Dejounte Murray, and Lonnie Walker IV. Patty Mills remains a question mark based on trade rumors.

Other moves include Jakob Poeltl and Eita Bates-Diop signing

In another Spurs roster move, the team re-signed big man Jakob Poeltl to a three-year deal. Shams Charania was amongst those reporting the news that he was finalizing the three-year deal worth about $27 million to return to play for the team. That was amongst priorities for San Antonio as they were in need of centers on their roster. Poeltl received a qualifying offer just ahead of that along with Drew Eubanks and Quinndary Weatherspoon.

The team has also used up their final two-year contract to sign Eita Bates-Diop. Reportedly, he’ll join the Austin Spurs developmental program and can progress from there to possibly join the NBA squad’s roster. Bates-Diop is a 6-foot-8 perimeter player out of Ohio State who was waived by the Denver Nuggets in order to clear roster space.

In three seasons in the league, Bates-Diop averaged 5.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 0.6 assists in 16.9 minutes per game.

In addition to the above moves, SpursTalk recently reported about Drew Eubanks signing for three years with the team. That came just days after the team extended a qualifying offer to both he and Poeltl. Meanwhile, the team waived Chimezie Metu.

Teams begin training camp for the new season very soon with a December 1 date on the schedule. The 2020-21 NBA season is expected to begin on December 22. That leaves just a few weeks for the San Antonio Spurs roster to have players acclimated and prepared for another campaign.

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