After securing a training camp invite, the San Antonio Spurs recently signed forward Josh Huestis to a deal (Exhibit 10) and he couldn't be happier.
Huestis spent the last three seasons with Oklahoma City after being drafted by the Thunder in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft. He also has been in the G-League system playing for the Blue.
Now with the Spurs, he is looking at a fresh start and is very grateful for the Spurs' faith in him (despite injuring his foot in camp) as he detailed in an interview with Montana Sports.
“It speaks volumes. When the injury happened I was really unsure what was going to happen for me. It’s not a short recovery time by any means — three months. It’s tough, but they see something in me, they put faith in me. Just the fact that they’re giving me this opportunity to still be a part of the organization and work my way back and come back even better than I was, it says a lot. They obviously see some potential in me to be able to help them, and that makes me really happy and really excited.”
Huestis scored 2.3 points with 2.3 rebounds in 14.2 minutes per game off the bench last season for the Thunder. Overall, he posted averages of 2.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.3 assists in his three seasons with the Thunder.
Not known for his offense, Josh has a reputation for being a versatile defender.
And it is that aspect of his game that makes him think he is a perfect fit with the Spurs and will be raring to go once he recovers from his injury by December.
I think the way that they play, the way they do things around here, it fits me perfectly on and off the court.”
The timetable is not ideal, but I’m about a month post-surgery. If everything keeps progressing how it should, my goal is to be able to be back healthy and ready to go by mid-to-late December.”
When Huestis returns, he should help in the forward department. Outside of Rudy Gay, San Antonio doesn't have much depth at the small-forward spot. His hard-nosed defense plus the Spurs giving him a shot should win him some minutes in the Spurs' rotation.
And just how excited is he to be in San Antonio?
Josh says he and his family have already fallen in love with the Alamo City and was eager to share his excitement on Instagram when he inked his deal with the Spurs.
We love the city of San Antonio so far, and we’re excited to be able to plant some roots here for hopefully a long time.”
Today I officially became a member of the @spurs organization. 3 weeks ago that didn’t seem plausible. On September 12th I suffered a Jones fracture in my right foot. So grateful to the Spurs for seeing potential in me and still giving me a chance to be a part of such a top notch organization. I’m on the road to recovery and I can guarantee I’ll be back better than I ever was.