The San Antonio Spurs are not having the greatest preseason. They already lost starting point guard Dejounte Murray to a torn ACL, and now they lost his replacement for an extended period of time.
According to head coach Gregg Popovich, point guard Derrick White will miss the next six-to-eight weeks due to a heel injury.
Morw bad news for the Spurs Derrick White is going to miss 6 to 8 weeks with a heel injury, Gregg Popovich says. Story to come.— Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) October 12, 2018
Once Murray went down with his knee injury, Popovich announced that White would be the starter on Wednesday. The team had no plans to sign or trade for another point guard, so White was the next man up.
But now, he's lost for roughly two months. Even rookie Lonnie Walker IV is out for six-to-eight weeks after undergoing knee surgery. So now, Popovich will likely turn to veteran Patty Mills to start at point guard for the preseason finale, and possibly the season opener.
The 2017 first-round pick split time between San Antonio and G League affiliate Austin. He played 17 games with the Spurs, while also helping Austin win the G League Championship. With the Spurs, White averaged 3.2 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 0.5 assists per game.
The injury bug continues to strike for the Spurs, and it couldn't have come at a worse possible time.