The San Antonio Spurs, amid a steady stream of injuries, are in the process of calling up Othyus Jeffers out of the D-League on a 10-day deal, ESPN.com has learned.
The Spurs have been carrying the league-maximum 15 players on their roster, so they were forced Thursday to waive their first D-League callup of the season -- little-used forward Malcolm Thomas -- to open a spot for Jeffers.
But I'm told that the 6-foot-5 swingman, averaging 22.8 points and 11.4 rebounds a game this season for the Iowa Energy, is scheduled to travel to San Antonio as early as Thursday to join the Spurs, who just lost prized youngster Kawhi Leonard to a nondisplaced fracture in his right hand after previously losing Danny Green (fractured left index finger) and big man Tiago Splitter (sprained right shoulder).
The call-up represents a triumph of perseverance for Jeffers, who appeared in one game for San Antonio in 2010 and has been scrapping to re-establish himself in the NBA after the lockout and a subsequent torn ACL derailed him following a successful stint with the Washington Wizards during the 2010-11 season.
Jeffers went to training camp with Minnesota in October and promptly emerged as one of the D-League's top performers after missing out on the Wolves' Opening Night roster. The 28-year-old won D-League player of the month honors for games played in November and December.
When the move is made official, Jeffers will become the 15th D-Leaguer called up to the NBA this season.