The Spurs are prepared to sign four-year NBA veteran Steve Novak to a 10-day contract, placing him on deck to become the latest player to claim the team's 13th roster spot this season. Novak, a 6-foot-10 3-point specialist who has previously played for Houston, the Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas, could join the Spurs in time for tonight's game at Detroit. A former Marquette standout, the 27-year-old Novak has appeared in 202 NBA games and is a career 40.6-percent shooter from 3-point range. His best season came in 2008-09, when he made 119 of 286 3-pointers in 71 games with the Clippers. Novak most recently appeared in seven games this season with Dallas and has played in two games with Reno of the Development League. The Spurs have been in need of a league-mandated 13th player since Saturday, when they cut ties with Larry Owens after a pair of 10-day contracts, reducing their roster to one under the NBA minimum. Manu Ginobili boarded the Spurs' charter plane Monday afternoon, bound for Detroit and the start of the eastern leg of the rodeo road trip carrying an extra piece of baggage. A still-fat lip courtesy of teammate Gary Neal. Ginobili saw a dentist in the immediate aftermath of the meeting between his face and Neal's elbow, late in the Spurs' victory at Sacramento on Friday.