Spurs waive Maggette, Cousin and Kabongo
A few days ago, Corey Maggette stated that he’d likely retire if he was unable to stick with the Spurs. Today, San Antonio waived him in its second wave of player cuts.
Less than a week after the team cut ties with Sam Young — the presumed frontrunner, if there was one, to make the Spurs’ roster at the time — they’ve reportedly informed Maggette of his release, per Spurs media relations. Along with the veteran swingman, San Antonio has also waived Marcus Cousin and former Texas Longhorn Myck Kabongo. Kabongo is expected to sign on with the Austin Toros at some point.
As for Maggette, it appears his playing days might be over, if you believe the statement he made of his intentions to call it quits if the Spurs released him. But his career as a front-office type may very well just be burgeoning. Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report wrote back in August (with ESPN) about the continuing education process for Maggette and what may follow his playing career.
This from an excerpt taken out in a ‘Ball Don’t Lie’ post from Eric Freeman:
It all started in early June, when Maggette traveled to Treviso, Italy, with Detroit Pistons assistant GM George David for the 11th annual adidas Eurocamp, a three-day showcase of Europe’s best youth basketball players. While getting the rare opportunity to shadow David as he evaluated talent, Maggette also wanted to build relationships with the many other NBA GMs and team presidents in attendance.
“I gained different perspectives on how these guys think, and it kind of gives you an idea of things that you want to be about when you’re finished,” Maggette told ESPN.com.
“I was actually able to sit in on [David’s] interview process with the players. It was kind of cool because as an active player those players actually knew who I was, and I kind of gave them a raw-deal speech of what the NBA is really about.” […]
A few weeks later, Maggette attended the NBA’s newly launched Corporate Crossover program, where he, along with 14 former players, including Willie Burton, Ronald Dupree, Bo Kimble and Kerry Kittles, heard from many different NBA department heads about their roles and getting in the door to work for the league. Maggette was the only active player present. […]
At one point during the Making the Transition class of the program, Maggette’s résumé was shown on the projector and analyzed by a human resources representative.
“I was embarrassed,” Maggette said, laughing. “But I appreciate the criticism; it’s an opportunity to learn. … You have to be able to take constructive criticism; that’s a big key.”
Now it appears the time has come for Maggette to take that next step. He has a good relationship with R.C. Buford and Gregg Popovich, but whether or not he gets a chance to cut his teeth with this front office remains to be seen. We’ll keep tabs on this development as it continues.