James Anderson heading back to Austin, Steve Novak being called-up
The Spurs front office was busy on Monday. Actually, I don’t know how much paperwork is involved in these dealings, but I assume there’s some.
On the officially official front, the Spurs assigned James Anderson to the Toros again. It’s the second time this season that they’ve assigned Anderson to the D-League, they are allowed to do it one more time.
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have assigned rookie James Anderson to the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League.Â This is Andersonâ€™s second assignment to the Toros this season while rehabbing from a stress fracture inÂ the fifth metatarsal of his right footwhich he was diagnosed with on November 11.
Anderson, a 6-6, 215-pound guard,Â wasÂ originallyÂ assigned toÂ AustinÂ on January 26.Â He appeared in two games for the Toros, averaging 14.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in 14.0 minutes.Â Â He shot .556 (10-18) from the field, .444 (4-9) from three-point territory and .714 (5-7) from the free throw line.Â Anderson was recalled by the Spurs on January 29 and saw limited action in three games.
As the press release says, Anderson hasn’t seen a lot of time with the big club since returning from injury. But with three not that great teams coming up in Detroit, Toronto and Philadelphia (I’m trying to be polite), it’s curious that he wasn’t kept around for some garbage time action on the Rodeo Road Trip.
And in not-yet-official team news, it appears the Spurs are going to call-up Steve Novak to replace Larry Owens, whose second 10-day contract came to an end.
It looks like the Spurs are going to use a series of 10-day contracts to fill out the 13th roster spot for the time being, using health and rest to dictate who to sign. With Anderson back, sort of, keeping Larry Owens around wasn’t quite a priority.
So instead, the Spurs go with Novak for 10 days to provide cover for Matt Bonner’s knee bruise that has yet to heal. But according to Tim Griffin of Spurs Nation, Bonner was subject to his toughest stress test since the injury, so he could be ready to come back soon. You know, maybe in about 10 days.