Just three days after becoming an unrestricted free agent, former Kentucky forward Trey Lyles has found a new home.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Lyles will sign a two-year contract with the San Antonio Spurs.
Sources: Free agent Trey Lyles is signing a two-year deal with the Spurs. San Antonio loses Marcus Morris after his week of talks with the Knicks, and signs another top free agent on the market.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 11, 2019
Lyles, who has been with the Denver Nuggets the past two seasons, averaged 8.5 points (42% from the field and 25% from three), 3.8 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per contest in 2018-19. Coming off the bench in 2017-18, the former Wildcat put up career-highs in points (9.9) and rebounds (4.8) per game while shooting over 49 percent from the field.
The dip in production this past year came as a result of Paul Millsap, who played just 38 games the year before due to injury, returning to play 70 games this past season, along with the breakout play of Nikola Jokic, Torrey Craig, and Malik Beasley in the Denver frontcourt. After failing to find a consistent role on the team, and that opportunity still likely not available again next season, it was best for both parties to split.
Now, Gregg Popovich and the Spurs will look to revitalize Lyles’ career alongside fellow former Wildcat and San Antonio rookie Keldon Johnson.