Spurs sign Eric Dawson to 10-day contract

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I’m going to hopefully do a better job posting these little bits of relevant news as the come out, but no promises. In the wake of the Tiago Splitter injury from Saturday’s game, the Spurs called Eric Dawson up from the Toros and signed him to a 10-day contract. Dawson has spent chunks of several seasons with the Toros in Austin.

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have signed Eric Dawson from the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League to a 10-day contract.

Dawson, a 6-9 forward, has appeared in 18 games with the Toros this season, averaging 15.9 points, 10.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.72 blocks and 1.33 steals in 29.3 minutes while shooting .563 (121-215) from the field and .741 (43-58) from the foul line. Dawson has posted 13 double doubles (second in the D-League) and has scored 20-or-more three times. He finished with a season-high 28 points to go along with 11 rebounds vs. Springfield on Dec. 29, 2011.

Dawson has spent five seasons with the Toros dating back to 2007-08. In 67 career games, he has averaged 11.0 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.18 blocks. He has also played internationally in Slovenia, Japan, South Korea and the Dominican Republic.

Also relevant, is the team’s official release regarding the injuries to Tiago Splitter and Manu Ginobili.

Not much to say about Dawson. I don’t expect him to play a whole lot. He’s mainly been called up to provide cover for the next week in a half in the event of foul trouble to the Spurs’ bigs / Kawhi Leonard or further injury.

  • NYC

    This was exactly what I was afraid of. Now we have only 3 bigs. How does Pop intend to preserve Duncan’s minutes now? In fact, since Blair is restricted to situational play, we really have 2 1/2 big men. Even with this signing of Eric Dawson, we still only have 3 1/2 big men. The way Pop operates, we will never know if he has lasting potential in the league or not because we’ll barely see him on the court. This is not good.  

  • TD BestEVER

    “This is not good.”

    Understatement…….lets be for real…this down right sucks.   With all of these rentals from ike, to Malcom, now to Dawson, we could have just offered Kenyon Martin more money, or just signed a decent big and paid the luxury tax.  We have been in need of one for a very long time and they never seem to make a move until we are absolutely desperate.  

  • DieHardSpur

    Let’s hope that he comes in and does his best Jeremy Lin and blows everyone’s mind. ESPN does a 4 week special on him as one of the premier big men to “ever play the game” after only playing a half dozen games…

  • http://twitter.com/nudityJ nudityjfandango

    There was never going to be any chance that Kenyon Martin came to the Spurs.  He is not a spurs kind of guy and was lusting after the Spotlight.  Can you imagine him being happy in San Antonio?

    It’s hard to sign a decent big when we are in fact this far into the luxury tax.  We have no cap space.  It’s why we are renting players on 10 days not in negotiations on multi year deals.

    But yeah.  Dawson is not really going to inspire me to throw a ticker tape parade.  I hear he is also closer to 6’7 than the listed 6’9.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cadydanielj Daniel Joseph Cady

    come on ERIC show us what you got do your best TD imitation !!!! i would like to see you do well enough to stay up with the big club !!!!! GO ERIC GO !!!! 

  • DorieStreet

    Never in my wildest NBA dreams did I think Martin would ever be a Spur. But standing pat is a worse move than not going after some frontcourt help.
    Eric Dawson– next man up (ala the Houston Texans)–come in and impact this team.

  • NYC

     Don’t we still have the “mini-midlevel” worth, like, 2.2 mil? I don’t expect KMart, but we should be able to and desperately NEED to sign somebody. Any big body. I agree that standing pat is not the way to go here. Do something, F.O.! For the love of god, do something.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1726952002 Christopher Joseph

    Nice to see a local boy sign with the team. Good Luck Eric Dawson! (even though I don’t think he’ll get to stick around very long) 

    I agree any big body could do us some good right now. Can’t a small package of plays be put together real quick in this emergency situation for Ryan Richards?! Isn’t he good enough to at least go out there and hack and grab 6 fouls in a game?! He’s a legitimate 7 footer and he has a jumper.