Spurs leaves impression on LSU standout Tari Eason at combine

CHICAGO — Tari Eason displayed a Spurslike conscientiousness when asked Thursday to name the teams that have interviewed him at the NBA draft combine.

“I got to get the phone out, so I am not incorrect,” Eason said before checking the notes app for a complete cataloging of the 10 teams that have met with him.

First on the list: “San Antonio.”

A versatile player with a disruptive defensive skill set, the 6-foot-8, 218-pound forward looks to be a good fit for the Spurs, who own three first-round picks (Nos. 9, 20 and 25) and could use some front-court depth on their guard-heavy roster.

Eason, who has been projected to go anywhere from ninth to 20th, made clear he would be thrilled to join the Silver & Black no matter the slot.

“I really love their player development, and I have seen things they do for guys — Dejounte Murray, Kawhi Leonard, who is someone similar to me as far as size and position,” Eason said. “I see how they do things, and I really like them as a team. I definitely think it was a good conversation. I loved talking to them. They are a team that has definitely been on my radar for a while.”

Eason, 21, wasn’t on the radar of NBA scouts as a possible lottery pick until his impressive showing as a sophomore last year with LSU. After transferring from Cincinnati to Baton Rouge after…

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