Spurs Sign Free Agent Center

The San Antonio Spurs are in full-blown tank mode for the coming season, having traded All-Star Dejounte Murray, essentially, for a slew of draft picks. But they still have to piece together an NBA roster, and their next step is signing little-heralded center Gorgui Dieng.

The 32-year-old Dieng has seen his usage and his points drop precipitously the past three seasons, bouncing around between Minnesota, Memphis, San Antonio and Atlanta. Last year, on a $4M contract with the Hawks, he averaged 3.5 points and 2.8 rebounds in 8 minutes a game. 

Dieng's 9-year career average is 7.5 points and 5.7 rebounds, though that's mostly skewed by a couple of seasons five and six years ago when he was a starter in Minnesota.

He returns to San Antonio after finishing the 2021 season there, and will serve, along with Zach Collins, as a backup to starter Jakob Poeltl. Unless, of course, Poeltl is dealt. He has a good amount of trade value, coming off a career season in which he boosted his points (13.5) and rebounds (9.3) totals to far above career norms. 

Jock Landale was last year's backup center, but the Spurs sent him off to Atlanta as part of the Murray deal.

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