AT&T CENTER – Before Friday’s preseason game between the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs, the Spurs reported shooting guards Danny Green (left quad strain) and Jonathon Simmons (right calf contusion) would miss Friday’s action due to injuries.
In his pregame media session, Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich announced both players would miss more than just Friday evening.
“Jon (Jonathon Simmons), will probably miss a few days, maybe,” said Popovich. “Danny will be weeks.”
The Spurs officially announced Green has been diagnosed with a left quad strain and he’s expected to miss approximately three weeks of play.
While Kyle Anderson will start in Green’s place Friday against the Rockets, the question now becomes who will start for the Spurs next Tuesday in their opening season game in Oakland, when they face the Golden State Warriors.
The next question becomes, how will Green’s injury affect which decision the team makes with their five training camp invites, who must have a decision made on their future by Saturday?
Bryn Forbes (shooting guard) and Patricio Garino (small forward) are the camp players that play at Green’s position, but with just one roster spot available and Nicolas Laprovittola, Joel Anthony, and Ryan Arcidiacono all battling for that last space, one might have to wonder if the Spurs might open a second roster spot by waiving the contract of Livio Jean-Charles, who has one of the least expensive guaranteed deals with $1,188,840 million this season, and Jean-Charles hasn’t played too many minutes in the preseason thus far.
Those questions and who will get that final roster spot could be answered in the next 48 hours.