Sunday, October 25, 2009
Spurs Waive Marcus Williams
By Robby Lim
The Spurs waived Marcus Williams, the roster now stands at 15. Despite some news in the past that the Spurs might trim down that number to 14, I expect the Spurs to keep the 15 man lineup for the mean time.
Malik Hairston's performance during the preseason was solid and he's still D-League eligible, meaning he can switch time playing for the Toros and the Spurs during the season. This will give him more playing time if he can't get enough minutes with the Spurs.
Williams is a nice player to have, the guy has talent. I hope he decides to play in Europe this season, and then comeback next year with more experience. I think that will be good for him and the Spurs.
One could argue that Williams played better than Bogans or even Haislip in the preseason. They could be right, but Haislip's style of play is different; he brings another dimension to the Spurs game. His tremendous athleticism and ability to defend mobile bigs will come in handy.
On the other hand, Bogans has not shown anything yet. But he's a veteran and at least in the past, has proved to be a reliable backup. More importantly, both Haislip and Bogans have guaranteed contracts. So either way Williams is the odd man out, having said that, I don’t think we will see anymore roster cuts soon. A trade might be a possibility later in the season, but that's an entirely different story.
I like the current roster as it stands, the first few games of the season will tell us what to expect. I don't think the Spurs will come out of the gates and start recording winning streaks; but I wouldn't be surprised either. The season is about to begin, I'm so excited to see this new look roster on the floor, aren't you?