In perhaps the least surprising news of the summer, the San Antonio Spurs have reportedly signed yet another international player to their multicultural roster. According to his agent Carlos Prunes, the Spurs have signed Nicolas Laprovittola, Argentina’s backup point guard. ESPN’s Marc Stein later confirmed Prunes’ announcement.
San Antonio only signed Laprovittola to a training camp deal so he will have to prove himself then and in preseason if he wants to get the Spurs’ final 15th roster spot. Laprovittola has a legitimate shot though as the Spurs could use a true point guard to back up Tony Parker. San Antonio already has Patty Mills, who can play off the ball and is quite skilled as a combo guard. Laprovittola, 26, will have to battle other guards like Villanova’s Ryan Arcidiacono and rookie Dejounte Murray in training camp. However, his fellow countryman Manu Ginobili will likely continue to vouch for him which may give him a slight edge to make the roster.
In this summer’s Rio Olympics, Laprovittola showed that he can be a very reliable player. He averaged 8.2 points per game and shot 35 percent and 33 percent from three. If he can approximate that type of production at the NBA level, Laprovittola has a strong chance at making San Antonio’s roster.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Report: Spurs sign Argentine guard Nicolas Laprovittola to training camp deal