The San Antonio Spurs have waived big man Ryan Richards, according to an official release from the team. As a result, the Spurs’ training camp roster now stands at 19 players.
Richards notably marks the first NBA player to be waived this training camp as well.
The Spurs, well-known for drafting and stashing of players, selected Richards in the second-round (49th pick overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft. Since then, it has been a crazy ride for the 25-year-old Englishman.
After being drafted by San Antonio, Richards missed the entire 2010-2011 season while recovering from two shoulder surgeries. Then, on Sept. 9, 2011, Richards signed in Switzerland with the Lugano Tigers, but he did not last long, leaving the team for BC Sukhumi in February 2012.
Richards joined the Spurs’ Summer League team in 2012, but come November, he was already playing overseas again. Later that season, he captured an Austrian League Championship with Zepter Vienna. That summer, he again made his way to San Antonio’s Summer League squad, and, once again, he ended up back overseas.
Richards bounced around between Asian and European basketball clubs from 2011 all the way up until now, playing everywhere from Georgia to Lebanon. Finally, the journeyman proceeded to sign with the Spurs for training camp on Sept. 26.
However, he was released just three days later.
Considering the 6-11, 265-pounder has plenty of experience overseas, he shouldn’t have much trouble finding a team to play with for the 2016-2017 campaign. The well-traveled big man is one of the rare international players that just did not work out for San Antonio, a franchise that is lauded around the league for its eye for international talent.