SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs waived former lottery pick Ike Diogu and signed forward Malcolm Thomas from the NBA’s D-League on Wednesday.
The Spurs switched out the two big men while coach Gregg Popovich continues to try to beef up his thin frontcourt. San Antonio began the season with only Tim Duncan, Matt Bonner, Tiago Splitter and DeJuan Blair as options at center or forward.
Thomas is a 6-foot-9 rookie who played with Spurs swingman Kawhi Leonard at San Diego State last season.
Speaking of Kawhi, guess who got his first NBA start last night and is making quite a name for himself and his mickey mouse sized hands in Texas? Spurs won the game and Kawhi played as many minutes as a healthy Tim Duncan. Only Tony Parker played more. He’s already got a double-double under his belt and Popovich is already comparing his defense to the Bruce Bowen, the gold standard in San Antonio when it comes to great defense.
Good for Kawhi. Good for Malcolm. Go Aztecs.