It doesn’t look like Penn State basketball legend Lamar Stevens’s run with the San Antonio Spurs will be a long one.
In the same month that the Spurs acquired Stevens, they’re waiving him, per a report by Shams Charania of the Athletic.
The Spurs are waiving forward Lamar Stevens, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. The defensive-minded Stevens averaged 5.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in 62 games (25 starts) for the Cavaliers last season.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 17, 2023
Stevens came to San Antonio from Cleveland in a three-team deal that also involved the Heat.
Stevens was with Cleveland for three seasons, signing as an un-drafted free agent after his college career ended in 2020. The most recent year of Stevens’s NBA career wrapped up this past spring. Stevens played in 62 of Cleveland’s 82 games, starting a career-high 25 and averaging 5.3 points and 3.3 rebounds. He helped the Cavs to their first trip to the playoffs since the 2017-18 season, when a guy named LeBron led them to the NBA Finals for a fourth straight summer.
Overall, Stevens appeared in 165 games with 38 starts across those three years, with career averages of 5.3 points and 2.8 rebounds.
Of course, Penn State fans know Stevens best for what he did in college. Stevens played at Penn State from 2016-20 and was a starter from his first season onward. He appeared and started in 135 games during his four years and averaged 16.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.
His best season came his junior year during the 2018-19 season when he had career-high per game averages in points (19.9) and rebounds (7.7).
Stevens would have been part of a rare NCAA Tournament team at Penn State in his last season.
The team was a sure bet to get to the NCAA Tournament before COVID-19 ruined everything.
When Penn State finally got back after a decade-long March Madness hiatus this year, Stevens was vocal on Twitter in his support.