San Antonio Spurs first round draft choice Dwayne Schintzius has a fat wallet to go along with his somewhat slimmed-down figure.
Schintzius, who has dropped from 290 pounds to 265, agreed to a three-year deal with the Spurs and will practice on Friday. Terms weren't released."At this weight, I can still get in and do the banging and I still feel I can get up and down the court," Schintzius said.
Schintzius, a 7-2 center, played at the University of Florida before being suspended for a time and eventually quitting last season. He was expected to go high in the draft, but fell to No. 24 when the Spurs took him as a backup to Rookie of the Year David Robinson.
Schintzius averaged 14.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 49 percent shooting over 110 college games.
The Spurs and Schintzius' agent, Bob Woolf, agreed to the contract around midnight Wednesday. Spurs owner Red McCombs announced the signing at a Thursday afternoon news conference.
"I'm in shape, but not in basketball shape because I haven't played in about a week," Schintzius said. "But I feel I will be OK once I get out there and do a little running. If I had went through two-a-days, I would be in the best shape of my life."
The Spurs began two-a-day fall practices last Friday.
Under league rules, Schintzius was prohibited from practicing without a contract.