SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs have announced their 2015 training camp roster and it includes four new invites.
The Spurs current roster now stands at 20 players, and includes the additions of veteran forward Rasual Butler, former second round pick Deshaun Thomas, as well as guard Keifer Sykes and center Youssou Ndoye.
- Butler a 12-year NBA veteran, spent last season with the Washington Wizards appearing in 75 games averaging 7.7 points and 2.6 rebounds in 20.1 minutes. Originally selected by Miami with the 52nd overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft, Butler has played for the Indiana Pacers (2013-14), Toronto Raptors (2011-12), Chicago Bulls (2010-11), New Orleans Hornets (2005-09) and Heat (2002-05).
- Thomas was drafted by the Spurs with the 58th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. He spent last season overseas playing for FC Barcelona in the Spanish Liga ACB and Euroleague. The former Ohio State Buckeye averaged 8.4 points and 2.8 rebounds in 20.4 minutes in 43 Liga games. In Euroleague action he averaged 7.1 points and 2.5 rebounds in 19.0 minutes in 28 games.
- Sykes joins the Spurs after a standout career at Wisconsin-Green Bay. He was named the Horizon League Player of the Year as a junior and senior (2014 and 2015) and earned All-Horizon League First Team honors in three consecutive seasons (2013-15). As a senior Sykes averaged 18.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists. Sykes participated in the 2015 NBA Las Vegas Summer League with the Cleveland Cavaliers, averaging 9.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 18.4 minutes over five games.
- Ndoye recently wrapped up his collegiate career at St. Bonaventure where he was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team and garnered Atlantic 10 All-Conference Third Team honors. He was just one of two Atlantic 10 players to average a double-double, registering 11.8 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.60 blocks in his final season with the Bonnies. Ndoye was a member of the Spurs 2015 NBA Las Vegas Summer League team, averaging 3.2 points and 1.8 rebounds in 9.4 minutes in six games.
The Spurs' 2015-2016 training camp roster also includes the usual standouts like Tim Duncan, returning for his 19th season, Manu Ginobili for his 14th and point guard Tony Parker for his 15th as well as fresh faces LaMarcus Aldridge 10th season, David West his 13th season, rookie Jonathan Simmons, and former Sacramento Kings Ray McCallum (3rd season) and Jimmer Fredette (5th season).
The Spurs' 2015 season begins Wednesday Oct. 28 on the road versus Oklahoma City in a nationally-televised game on ESPN. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.