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Quincy Pondexter inked a one-year contract with the San Antonio Spurs on Monday, Chris Haynes of ESPN reports. The signing comes hours after Manu Ginobili announced his retirement from the NBA after spending his entire 16-year career with the franchise.
The injury-prone Pondexter played in 23 games for the Chicago Bulls during the 2017-18 season before being waived in February. The guard/forward finished the year with averages of 2.0 points and 1.2 rebounds across 8.5 minutes per contest. He had missed the previous two full seasons due to three separate knee surgeries. According to Haynes, Pondexter is “finally fully healthy” after undergoing multiple surgical procedures on his left knee.
Drafted No. 26 overall in 2010, the 6-foot-7 wing had also spent time with the New Orleans Pelicans and the Memphis Grizzlies earlier in his career. Pondexter, 30, is a prototypical 3-and-D player and should compete for minutes off the bench with the likes of swingmen Dante Cunningham and Marco Belinelli. Pondexter is a career 35.7 percent shooter from three-point territory.
According to Michael Scotto of The Athletic, the deal is partially guaranteed. Pondexter is likely signing for the veteran’s minimum.
With the Pondexter signing, the Spurs have 14 players on their roster with one additional spot open and two two-way spots available. Pondexter will look to carve out a role with San Antonio, where he can provide veteran leadership.