Spurs waive Ime Udoka
On Wednesday, the San Antonio Spurs announced they waived forward Ime Udoka. From the press release:
The San Antonio Spurs announced today that they have waived guard/forward Ime Udoka.Â Udoka was signed by San Antonio on November 24, 2010, and appeared in 20 games totaling 14 points and 19 rebounds in 130 minutes.
The Spurs roster now stands at 12.
It was pretty clear that Ime Udoka was not the same player for San Antonio this time that he was during his first go around with the Spurs. His one decent game for the silver and black was on Saturday night against Oklahoma City when he drew some time defending Kevin Durant.
Other than that, Udoka was pretty disappointing. Ime has been the latest in a string of backup small forwards brought in and given the boot, along with Alozo Gee and Danny Green. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Spurs bring in former Cleveland Cavalier Jawad Williams for a spell. San Antonio worked-out Williams over the summer when looking for frontcourt cover, but he stayed with Cleveland.
Williams was wavied by the Cavs on December 27.
Also of note is today is the first day players can be signed to 10-day contracts, so the Spurs may dip into the D-League player pool for their next addition. The Austin Toros has a small forward-heavy roster this season, so there’s a small chance we could see one of Kevin Palmer, Dominique Archie or Lance Thomas called up. At the same time, San Antonio doesn’t hesitate to pluck players from other D-League teams either, like when the Spurs signed Garrett Temple from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers last year.
With the Spurs having waived Udoka’s contract, any player they sign as a replacement is not eligibleÂ to be used in a trade. So if they sign someone for the remainder of the season, he won’t be part of a bigger plan. That player will be with the Spurs for the rest of the season. You know, unless he’s waived too.