Joel Anthony‘s 10-day contract with the Spurs expired last night, but the team didn’t waste any team in locking him up to a new deal, according to Jabari Young of The San Antonio Express-News (Twitter link). Young reports that Anthony inked a second 10-day contract with the Spurs this morning.
Anthony, 34, had yet to catch on with an NBA team this season before signing with the Spurs a week and a half ago. San Antonio had been in the market for some frontcourt depth after losing Pau Gasol to a broken hand. Gasol’s initial timeline projected a recovery of four to six weeks, so he may not return to the club until after the All-Star break.
During his first 10-day stint with the Spurs, Anthony appeared briefly in three games, averaging 1.3 PPG and 1.7 RPG in those contests. The games in which Anthony played were decided by double-digit margins, so he doesn’t have a substantial role with the team — that shouldn’t change during his second 10-day deal, though LaMarcus Aldridge will miss Thursday’s game with a sore knee, thinning out San Antonio’s frontcourt a little.
If the Spurs want to retain Anthony when his second 10-day contract expires, they’ll have to sign him to a deal for the rest of the season.