Spurs sharpshooter Bryn Forbes continued to scorch the nets at the Utah Summer League, pacing San Antonio with 21 points in a losing effort versus the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night. The previous evening, Forbes lit up the Boston Celtics for 31 points, leading all players to secure the Spurs’ sole offseason victory in Utah.
“All the work I’ve put in this summer, into my body, into my game, into my diet, I feel like I’m better than last year,” Forbes told reporters after the 86-94 loss.
Overall, it was a busy Thursday for the Spurs, who officially signed first round draft pick Derrick White to his rookie contract prior to tipoff. As White and the Summer Spurs squared off against 76ers, reports surfaced that San Antonio had signed veteran forward Rudy Gay to a two year, $17 million deal.
A proven scorer throughout his eleven-season career, Gay is coming off a tough campaign in Sacramento, where he suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon. For longstanding Spurs enthusiasts, the move echoes the 1996 signing of NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins who arrived in San Antonio a few seasons removed from a similar injury. Wilkins averaged 18 points in his only season as a Spur, which matches Gay’s career scoring average.
Next up for the Summer Spurs is a Saturday night showdown with the Miami Heat in Las Vegas at the NBA Summer League. This year’s tournament features an unprecedented 24 teams, including 14 playoff participants from this past postseason. San Antonio boasts the second highest winning percentage in NBA Summer League competition, and captured the offseason title in 2015.
If Forbes continues his hot shooting and Dejounte Murray takes over the tournament, another summer crown could be in the cards for San Antonio. Despite a 1-2 record in Utah, Forbes was optimistic about his team’s odds in Las Vegas.
“I think we’re in a good place right now,” said Forbes. “We kind of collapsed at the end of that last game. I don’t think it was because we were tired. We just made some small mistakes that we can fix. I think we’ll be a lot better in Vegas though.”
Spurs Las Vegas Summer League Schedule:
Saturday, July 8, Spurs vs. Heat, 7 PM, ESPNU
Sunday, July 9, Spurs vs. 76ers, 9:30 PM, ESPN2
Tuesday, July 11, Spurs vs. Trailblazers, 3 PM, NBATV