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Trey Lyles signs deal with San Antonio Spurs


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.

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.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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4 responses to “Trey Lyles signs deal with San Antonio Spurs”

  1. Smyrna_Cat

    Rooting for Lyles. In the NBA, so much of success is the context and team. I think he will do well in SA.

  2. Han

    In other NBA news, Westbrook just got traded for Paul (picks involved too), so now SGA has to sit behind Paul (unless he forces a trade out of OKC).

    1. UKinMKY

      Gotta think they flip Paul for more assets. He makes even less sense for a rebuilding team than Westbrook did before they traded him. Maybe to the Heat or even the Lakers if they believe they need a third star in the wake of Kawhi/PG.

  3. FlatTopsAndBlockedShots

    Lyles is an upgrade from one of the Morris Twins. He’s still really young