The San Antonio Spurs have taken their first step in addressing their crowded roster by waiving Lamar Stevens, according to reports from The Athletic’s Shams Charania. With the recent acquisition of Cameron Payne, the Spurs found themselves with 18 players on full-time NBA contracts, prompting the need for consolidation trades and cuts.
Stevens was part of a sign-and-trade deal that sent Max Strus from the Miami Heat to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Alongside Cedi Osman and two future second-round picks, Stevens joined the Spurs. However, his contract would have become fully guaranteed if he remained on the roster past a certain date, making him the logical choice for the team to waive. With this move, the Spurs now have 17 players remaining on their roster, in addition to Sir’Jabari Rice on a two-way contract.
Known for his defensive prowess as a wing and his ability to slash to the basket offensively, Stevens averaged 5.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game for the Cavaliers last season. His skill set as a defensive wing on an affordable contract could make him an attractive target for contending teams seeking such a player.
After waiving Stevens and acquiring Cameron Payne, the Spurs now have approximately $2.9 million in salary cap space remaining. To comply with roster regulations, the team will need to make two more cuts before the start of the NBA season in October.
The decision to waive Lamar Stevens showcases the Spurs’ commitment to managing their roster and creating flexibility for the upcoming season. As they navigate further moves to shape their team, the Spurs aim to strike a balance between talent, cap space, and maintaining a competitive roster.