Jack McClinton as Beno Udrih
bc there was not an open spot 4 me, I asked to be released to pursue my dream elsewhere.Thank u 2 the san an fans for all of your support!
A source close to the Spurs confirmed McClinton’s account of the release, telling me that management has always tried to put players like Jack McClinton–guys with talent but without an obvious place on the team–in a position to succeed. Sometimes this means letting them play elsewhere.
The most interesting part of his remarks was a comparison of the release of Jack McClinton to the trade of Beno Udrih.Â Spurs historians take note: Buford and company traded Beno Udrih to accommodate his career, not because they had grown tired of his stints on the injury list.Â Looking back, the Udrih to Minnesota trade was an oddball. The Spurs were able to creep beneath the luxury tax threshold by unloading Udrih, a move which saved them a few million dollars once other cap-related triggers were accounted for. And Udrih went on to trick the Kings into paying him way too much money. There is no doubt Beno Udrih benefited from the trade.
The Spurs are sad to see Jack McClinton go, but remain bullish about their training camp roster. The team believes all their invitees are NBA players, and that at least 16 of the players are “roster locks.” And yes, they realize the league only allows a maximum roster of 15. That’s tough luck for someone. No one is quite sure who will leave camp with the just-missed-the-cut badge.