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July 10, 2020

Spurs to sign former first-round pick Tyler Zeller

Without LaMarcus Aldridge the Spurs to sign former first-round pick big man Tyler Zeller. He’s the 17th pick in 2012 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks but immediately traded to Cleveland Cavaliers. The big man had a pretty good career in a Cavaliers uniform as he earned All-Rookie Team.

Tyler Zeller played a total of 412 games in his seven-year NBA career. He averaged 7 points, 4.4 rebounds, and .9 assist per game. After his two seasons with Cleveland, he was traded to the Boston Celtics and played three years before bouncing to Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks. In the 2018-19 season, Zeller appeared only in a total of six games.

The Spurs doesn’t have a lot of big men which some of them playing in the NBA G League. With Popovich who yet to fully accept the youth movement, the Spurs signed insurance to back up Jakob Poeltl. The big man from Austria emerged as Aldridge’s replacement on the starting unit.

The seven-year NBA veteran is a good defender with a great size which can help the Spurs. Also a good shooter from the midrange.

Again the Spurs not going to fully give the big minutes to Drew Eubanks and Chimizie Metu which already shown an improvement in some outings.

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