Spurs Sign Curtis Jerrells

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San Antonio has signed former Baylor point guard Curtis Jerrells to a make good contract. Many Spurs fans will recognize the name because of Jerrells’ Big 12 history, and from the fact that he was born in Austin. The Spurs saw Jerrells prior to the draft–they worked him out in early May.

What do we make of this signing?

I’ll step out on a limb and say that Jerrells will not make the Spurs’ roster. They already have too many established players in their backcourt, and the point guard rotation appears 4 or 5 deep. That is, if one assumes that Marcus Williams, Roger Mason Jr. and Manu Ginobili can all play minutes at the position if something were to happen to Tony Parker or George Hill.

But if Jerrells performs well in training camp, the Spurs could offer him a spot on the Austin Toros. Coach Quin Snyder has a knack for grooming point guards, and Toros players have a knack for receiving NBA contracts.  A potential backcourt of Curtis Jerrells (allocation) and Malik Hairston (assignment) is an attractive sell.  The Toros’ roster could include Jack McClinton and/or James Gist, as well.

If Jerrells is interested in continuing to develop as a basketball player, the Austin Toros are a good home for him.

  • zain
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  • mattmo28

    I saw the same thing in the rumors section of si.com. Weren’t we informed earlier this summer that he just signed a brand new contract overseas??

  • Kornbread

    Jerrells was someone I thought they might pick up late in the draft. I think he has an outside shot of actually making the team since the Spurs are really only one deep at point (TP). At least, as you’ve stated, he can end up in the Spurs system with the Toros if he’s not picked up by another team.

    They can probably get by with George Hill being a Nate McMillan type of point, but eventually they will need a legitimate backup since every other contender in the west is 2 deep at the point.

  • zain

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9sJ-EL_MgQ&NR=1
    This video shows him as a maverick in june? Maybe the mavs dropped him i don’t know

  • Lance

    Jerrells is an Austin kid. Went to Del Valle HS. While playing in the NBA would be ultimate goal, must be nice to play professionally in hometown.

  • seanty

    alll i gotta say is we hit the jackpot!!!!

  • http://myspurslink.blogspot.com Robby

    Kornbread,

    The Spurs rotation at the point is deeper than you might think, TP and Hill, Manu can play some, and yes Mason and If we include Williams (he played the point at arizona and in the D-league I believe)… So Jerrells might be a good signing for the Toros let him develop and mature first…

  • Kornbread

    Jerrells is definately a long shot (especially with the roster as it currently stands), but the Spurs are not deep at point. They have some guys that can bring the ball up the court, but the offense sputters without Tony.

    Manu is capable, but I’d rather have the ball end up in his hands than start there. If he has to play point, it makes him less effective and easier for the other team to defend.

    Mason is terrible. He will not play point this year. Williams is a versatile player, but his natural position is at the 2 spot. At best he can be Hill and George’s natural position is…the 2.

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