Larry Owens gets another 10 days


From the color-me-unsurprised department, the San Antonio Spurs announced today that Larry Owens was signed to a second 10-day contract. After his new 10-day deal is up, the Spurs will either have to sign him for the remainder of the season or let him go free.

From the press release:

The San Antonio Spurs today announced they have signed forward Larry Owens to a second 10-day contract. Owens signed his first 10-day contract with the Spurs on January 16 becoming the second call-up of the 2010-11 NBA Development League season.

Owens, a 6-7, 210-pound forward, has appeared in five games for the Spurs, averaging 1.8 points in 5.2 minutes per game. He is shooting .600 (3-5) from the field and .333 (1-3) from three-point territory.

Owens had a solid stint for the Spurs the first time around. The numbers don’t quite reflect it, but Owens easily looked like a better fit this season than many of the players San Antonio’s front office brought previously, like Danny Green and Ime Udoka.

And with Jeff McDonald reporting yesterday that the Spurs coaching staff held Owens after practice to go over the offense some more, well, the writing was on the wall. In a good way.

If the Spurs sign Owens to a contract for the rest of the season, he won’t be eligible to be used in a trade. So if he’s re-upped, he’ll be a Spurs for the rest of the year.

  • Jacques

    Good Move. I hope I get a chance to see him play for about 10 minutes to get a good look on whether he can handle the backup SF. With Jefferson struggling and having ups and downs, Owen’s contribution is critical. With Mr. Anderson coming back soon, the backcourt is looking good. Go Spurs

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  • Yzak

    I say no dice as the Spurs will have James Anderson back pretty soon. Hopefully 10 days or so is enough time for Mr. Anderson to get his touch back and be seen playing for the silver and black again. GSG!

  • rob

    I liked what I saw in Owen’s brief stints on the court. He looks to be a player that can be developed into a solid defender. And if he can knock down threes at a consitent level…you know he’ll make the team.

    Question… knowing Owens probably rides pine but…when Anderson returns, how will minutes be distributed? So many backcourt players. So little minutes to spread.

  • Schlau

    Good for you Larry O. Hit those 3’s Baby!! Roughriders!!

  • Schlau

    Larry O!! Playing in the league baby!!! Roughriders!

  • ty

    I just saw that Avery Johnson, said “Troy Murphy will not be returning to the team.” What does that mean?? And what are the chances the spurs will be in the mix??

  • rob


    meh. This time of bb season is so full of contradictory stories.

  • grego


    RJ isn’t really up and down. His shot has been a little weary in the last few games, but he’s been pretty consistent if you subtract that.

    His defense has been consistent this year. His rebounding has improved from Oct/November.

    He’s still shooting a career high from behind the arc and he’s in the top 25 in the +/- category.

    If Spurs don’t run much offense for him (except the occasional alley oop), he’s not going to get many opportunities to score.

  • SG

    Keep Larry O..he is good and cheap. What if Anderson comes on too slow? Tough for a rookie to come by mid-season and make a contribution.

  • Bryan

    As mentioned by Andrew, Owens seemed a much better fit with the team than previous players brought in to fill the roll. The Spurs need that 13th player to be at the roster minimum, and I like what I’ve seen out of Owens. If the Spurs were willing to spend a couple of years trying to develop Hairston, I can see them potentially trying the same here with Owen.

  • Ruel

    Hopefully they can keep him for the rest of the season but if it’s not? He’s worthy to give a chance for the Spurs training camp next year…

  • Ruel

    My bad, I mean this year training camp…

  • rob


    “What if Anderson comes on too slow?”

    I don’t think that will happen.

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