Report: Spurs PG Derrick White out indefinitely with left plantar fascia tear
The San Antonio Spurs suffered another huge loss, as point guard Derrick White will be out indefinitely with a left plantar fascia tear, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. White; a second-year player out of the University of Colorado, was previously slated to become the team’s starting point guard after a slew of training camp injuries, but that option has now evaporated by the recent chain of events.
The Spurs recently lost starting point guard Dejounte Murray after he tore his ACL in a preseason game against the Houston Rockets. That was followed by the news that rookie shooting guard Lonnie Walker IV would also miss six-to-eight weeks with a meniscus tear, leaving the Spurs’ backcourt quite vulnerable.
San Antonio internally discussed the possibility of adding veteran sixth man Jamal Crawford into the fold after Walker’s injury, but didn’t extend an offer. This situation might have to be revisited after losing not just one, but three of their guards in a span of two weeks.
Crawford, able to play both backcourt positions, is a perennial flamethrower with three Sixth Man of the Year awards to his name — the most by one player in NBA history.
The Spurs’ only options as it sits now, would be to start Bryn Forbes at point while leaving Marco Belinelli to back up swingman DeMar DeRozan at shooting guard, or allowing Popovich to have a change of mind and bring in veteran Patty Mills as a starter instead of his usual role as a spark plug off the bench.
Adding Crawford would surely add more versatility and flexibility to this lineup, but it’s unknown if his freestyle type of play would mesh with Popovich’s often-rigid coaching methods.