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There is exactly one thing that should make the Spurs go for it: If the Thunder go small...I don't think Pop can leave Tiago and Tim on the court together, and we are back to square one. 

Also, Tim and Tiago are too slow to really defend the PicknRoll. This is where Smith fits perfectly. He is one of the few players who can "blow it up"[i.e hedge hard and recover]  with his outstanding athleticism. OKC burned us on those exact players at the WCF last year. 

1 year, 8 months ago on Smith To Spurs Rumors won't die

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Looking at the field, unless you think Jennings is a better player than Tiago, than Tiago is the best player GM Ferry can get[Seriously, some of those deals are just hilarious...Humphries and Brooks? really?].

It all has to do with 3 Pop and RC perceptions:

1. How much does it hurt, if any, the title chances for this year.

2. Does  Smith worth a max deal[Obviously he doesn't. However this is not how the NBA works]..

3. Do They think he resigns[If the Spurs offer him as much money as anybody else...I am certain he will]

 

I am all for standing pat. But in a hindsight, this is not a bad trade.

1 year, 8 months ago on Smith To Spurs Rumors won't die

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Let's say just for a heck of it, that the teams has agreed on a Tiago, Jackson and a 1st rounder for Smith.

If we break what we give against what we get we see that:

Splitter is a RESTRICTED FA. Which means his next contract is a variable! i'll tell you all a secret, considering the contracts guys like Nene or McGee or DeAndre Jordan got, Tiago can get up to 13 Million a year even maybe MAX![His advanced stats[WP48,WS48,WARP] put him in all-star production.

Josh is Unrestricted. While I agree he isn't a Max guy right now, his set of skills, his age(He is younger than Tiago!) and upside or enough to push it over. So now, Pop and RC just need to make up their mind right now, if they think he is worth that money. Because I am 99% confident that he will resign here for that money.

 

Tiago is great. But playing him next to Duncan is really playing 2 Centers together. The biggest downside is Pick'N'roll defense. The Spurs are one of the worst teams in the league defending it, mostly because Tiago and Tim are too slow hedging and recovering in time. Josh essentially solves that problem.

 

Other things that make sense in that trade, is the high-tempo Spurs offense. Tiago is unbelievable running the floor, but isn't it obvious that Josh will be better in that scenario? 

 

If that's the trade. I say go for it.

1 year, 8 months ago on Spurs interested in Josh Smith?

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If he and Lorbek are coming, I guess it's in Pop's intent to trade it's secondary assets in the draft. Maybe a package to return to the first round, or maybe get a multiple 2nd rounders. I think Tiago,Neal,Bonner and Blair are in the mix for a new place of living.

2 years, 4 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2012-articles/june/de-colo-speaks-on-possibly-joining-spurs-next-season.html

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 @ajd21 He shot 68% from the field. That's great. Besides, thats 16.5 points per 36 mins.

2 years, 4 months ago on Report: Davis Bertans to participate in individual workouts for Spurs | June

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 @jojo707 Lorbek is way better than Bonner and has much more on the table. He can work the post well, he can shoot 3's and midrange off the the dribble ect. He and Duncan can make a fantastic frontcourt. Lorbek shot 41% on 3's and 55% on mid-range. That's great as a set shooter and as a roll or pop guy.

I do agree though, Tiago as the odd man out. The team needs a great defender, above the rim kind of Center. To pair with a Bonner or Diaw, That;s why it's safe to presume Tiago is a trade bait at the draft.

2 years, 4 months ago on Update: Lorbek set to wear black and silver next season | June

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 @rtesoro440 They don't. Splitter is mainly a pick'n'roll monster, great hands and feel around the basket, useless when more than 5 feet of the rim.

Lorbek is way way more versatile. 40% on 3s, 55% on 15-23ft. jumpers, has a better post game than Tiago.

The questions about him are mostly defensively, can he keep up with athletic big men. 

2 years, 4 months ago on Lorbek named MVP in FCB Regal title victory | June

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 @rtesoro440 If anything, he is closer in his style to Manu than to Parker. So just like Manu things may not be what they are, at least athletically. He could appear to be slow but still great.

2 years, 4 months ago on Valencia VP: De Colo determined to play in the NBA | June

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 @TomArmstrong I totally agree. He is the best roll man in the entire NBA[in PPP] which is insane. But he is just too weak, or he is just used to be the tallest/most athletic guy on the court.[Like he was anywhere else] 

2 years, 4 months ago on Could Tiago Splitter become this season's George Hill? | June

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I would go all in on Meyers Leonard. It's super funny that on DraftExpress his best case scenario is...Tiago Splitter!!

lol

 

But this is obviously not true. The guy is taller, much bulkier, has an amazing vertical and even a 10ft. shot. He would be the prefect addition to the team. Thing is, I am not the only one who is intrigued. I think he could go 7th or 8th, which is beyond our reach in any case. 

2 years, 4 months ago on Could Tiago Splitter become this season's George Hill? | June

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 @MostJadedGamer In game 2, you look at the box score and you think, hey! KD had a great efficient game. But how can you say that he was great when the rookie he was support to play defense against, went for 18 and 10 on 5-7?? So if ind myself subtract Leonard above average output[I.E he is 10 pt. guy, so 8 points] from KD's total. And this is really his adjusted output. As someone that plays 42 minutes a game, he is responsible to about 5th of the defensive liability which from 120 is ALOT.

2 years, 5 months ago on Notes from shootaround: KD's really ready to go

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 @ThunderBelize  @bertfan Actually, Green and Co. missed quite s few wide open shots. Also, Harden and Durant were amazing. They hit on every pull up J which is also above the mean. So all things considered I think that the 'mean' is still a Spurs win.

2 years, 5 months ago on Thunder battle back but drop Game 2 to go down 0-2, 120-111

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 @bertfan 3 things: 1. Ibaka plays = Thunder wins is a myth. Ibaka played 39 minutes last night, and Spurs scored 120 points! Ibaka is an amazing weak side defender, but anything else? meh.

2. I thought Fisher was misused. He should be there as a facilitator and having Westbrook running of screens to start a possession. But no, Russy needs to do everything himself. Fisher is calm, he has experience ad he is a good passer.

3. You can't just order better defense. If you look at the stats, OKC WON the Points in the paint. That means that something was done right. 

2 years, 5 months ago on Thunder battle back but drop Game 2 to go down 0-2, 120-111

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 @courtsense I think they tried it tonight in some sense. It failed because the Spurs are starting every possession with Parker or Manu going off a set of screens, once they are done, Russ\Harden\Thabo are beat up a little more and Manu\Parker got a little separation to work with. Usually they go straight into a  picknroll. 

 

Steve Kerr said it the best. Only way Thunder can win this series is to make it into 'street ball' when you put your most athletic line-up on the floor for maximum minutes and just switch everything. If it leaves Ibaka on Parker, deal with it. I think this is the best compliment you can give a basketball team. That the only way you can beat them is playing outside of traditional basketball.

2 years, 5 months ago on Thunder battle back but drop Game 2 to go down 0-2, 120-111

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@sleeping-giant.tumblr

Dont buy into that Ibaka crap, that is not the reason they lost. By the start of the 4th, KD was done, you could see it so clear in vivid colors. the guys was running on his last fumes. He coudn't beat a 34 yrs old[but fresh] SJax to any spot. He jacked up 2 horrible shots and that's it.

But I think it was almost by design. As they went all-in MAYBE trying to use that rust to their advantage by winning the game by the 4th. And they really almost did, they were up 9. But I guess it took a bigger toll than expected, combining with the Spurs starting to play Spurs basketball it just wasn't enough. Guys forget to Ibaka is not a good screener and not a good PnR defender. He is a weak side monster but you cant play weak side if you are playing the pick'nroll. That was the logic behind Brook's actions, in my opinion.

 

2 years, 5 months ago on Thunder battle back but drop Game 2 to go down 0-2, 120-111

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 @Fuzzy Logic You can shuffle you feet. if you 'get' it in the chest without moving left or right, you should get a charge call. I agree that is up to the refs, but each time Westbrook or Harden marched down the lane then hit a defender straight in the chest. It's just look very obvious of a call. 

Harden and Westbrook were awful not finding the shooter and in the corner time and time again. Thabo and Fish are good enough shooters to get some respect and touches from Harden or Westbrook. Forcing it against THIS team is a bad bad idea.

2 years, 5 months ago on Practice Report: Bouncing back, moving on

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Have you guys watched the 4th quarter?! KD and Russ were absolutely EXHAUSTED. What is the first organ that gets less blood when you're tired? your brain. They  couldn't make plays because they lost their legs.

 

This series is special in regard to how hard Thunder needs to work defensively. This is not the give-the-rock-to-Kobe/Dirk ball. Every guy on the floor for the Spurs is a threat for 48 minutes, you just can't hide KD in defense anymore for him to rest. a tired KD is a bad KD, so Scotty[...doesn't know...] must give him more rest or Thunder will lose every 4th quarter in this series. 

 

 

2 years, 5 months ago on Monday Bolts – 5.28.12

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 @BRY BRY Spurs are 4th in DefEff, to Thunder 8th in the playoffs. While the Spurs played Jazz(4th in OffEff in the regular season) and Clips(7th), Thunder played Lakers(11th) and Mavs(20th). So Thunder should have been better defensively and yet they are not. That speaks highly of the Spurs defense in my opinion.[It is VERY underrated]

 

2 years, 5 months ago on Thursday Bolts – 5.24.12

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 @lemonparade4  @aise0603 The idea is that the Spurs are actually have a much bigger advantage over OKC if Diaw or Bonner are in the game. Simply put, they are both threats from deep while Perkins and Ibaka aren't. So Spurs basically gain a spacing advantage which is really crucial. By playing Ibaka at Center and KD at the 4, Diaw or Bonner are out and teams are evenly spaced.  

2 years, 5 months ago on Wednesday Bolts - 5.23.12

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 @aise0603 yes. because of KD. 

2 years, 5 months ago on Wednesday Bolts - 5.23.12

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 @aise0603 I wrote "you will see that their sum is some much bigger than their parts it's almost insane." That;s what I meant. This team has no business being where it is. 

2 years, 5 months ago on Wednesday Bolts - 5.23.12

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 @aise0603 Yea, my bad. I wanted to write that KD is the real x-factor. 

About their fg% defense, same can be said about the TO% for the Thunder. 

Game I will give us most of the information.

2 years, 5 months ago on Wednesday Bolts - 5.23.12

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 @aise0603 I could go on and on. Parker was surprisingly decent guarding CP3.

All I want is to give everyone a lever-headed look at this series. They started the season 12-9. Since then they are like 60-7! won 29 of 32, 18 of 19 on the road. By any law of chance and consistency, they can't be THAT consistent without being THIS good.

2 years, 5 months ago on Wednesday Bolts - 5.23.12

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 @aise0603 Actually I don't. I think it's a wash. Is Harden a better player? offensively maybe. But defensively? his defensive rating is awful. his on-ball defensive skills are lacking. Manu is a defensive beast.

 

How much is Russ better than Parker? They absolutely can't guard each other, Parker went off on Westbrook way too many times for me to trust him defensively. 

 

Like i said i've seen all Spurs games this playoffs. They pack the paint like no other team, they will 'blue'[tell me if you need explanation] every pick'n'roll and they will double Durant once they think he commits for his own shot. That;s why they do - they understand that stars have the mindset to shoot the most so they actually telling to let Thabo or Ibaka beat them. They are so disciplined it's insane, so if they can get this done, Scotty is in trouble.

2 years, 5 months ago on Wednesday Bolts - 5.23.12

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 @Jooseppi  @aise0603 come on, you know what I mean. more points as in run'n'gun. 120 ppg in a non-blowout win.

2 years, 5 months ago on Wednesday Bolts - 5.23.12

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 @aise0603 That's true. But you made a little comparison and said "Well, here we go! no problem" I think Blake Griffin saw a similar graph before the first game...

I still think there is no way Thunder can stop Spurs on offense. No way.

So they will need to score more points.

2 years, 5 months ago on Wednesday Bolts - 5.23.12

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 @aise0603 I'd argue that Clipper are also more talented and younger than the Spurs. Yet they got swept. If you didn't see them play, you might find a full game online. 

Not only that you will enjoy it, you will see that their sum is some much bigger than their parts it's almost insane. They start a rookie and a guy who was waived by the Cavs last year for heavens sake.

2 years, 5 months ago on Wednesday Bolts - 5.23.12

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 @aise0603 That's why I said going small is the ONLY way. Thunder will get killed any other ways. Diaw has been amazing, he used to be a SF in Phoenix so he us much more mobile than you'd think, he is an unbelievable passer and he is can make 3's. You'd want to limit his time on the floor to the minimum. Only way for that is small-ball.

2 years, 5 months ago on Wednesday Bolts - 5.23.12

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Some cold water about the WCF: Spurs are actually 4th in Defensive efficiency in those playoffs while playing against two MUCH more capable offenses in Clips[4th] and Jazz[7th] other than Lakers[10th with a huge drop-off in last weeks] and Mavs[20th!].

Also, Mavs and Lakers both were really the best match-up ever for the Thunder. 2 of the least athletic teams in the playoffs. 

That's what I fear for the Thunder, they can go small - this will be the ONLY way they can win. Otherwise Ibaka with roam in the paint and Bonner and Diaw will have a field day outside. Thing is Spurs can also move Kawhi to 4, and play Manu Green and Parker. If a line-up with Thabo,Durant,Rus and Harden can't dominate offensively I can see the Thunder being gone faster than we can think.

I've watched all Spurs games this post-season - They will score 110 points. Take this as a fact. Question if KD and RW can score 115. 

2 years, 5 months ago on Wednesday Bolts - 5.23.12

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Ike Diogu Signed with Spurs!

1 Year deal.

2 years, 10 months ago on Cory Joseph Austin bound | January

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@Joey@zap Well, we still have Manu. We have Neal who proved decent and Ford have an entire regular season to get it.

Are we really that kind of a contender? I wish. I can see the Spurs getting another ring for Duncan this year, but it is a long-shot.

So why not decreasing a little bit this year and gain so much for the future?

Cousins, a potential star for the draft and another 10M$ off the books will allow the Spurs to be contenders for YEARS to come, not just this year.

Can we get Cousins for Bonner? No.

Can we get Cousins for Blair? Probably not.

In a way, this is a HUGE salary dump, that by the way, will get the Spurs under the tax limit and will free the MLE!

Parker is still a very good player but he is 29 years old. his game is pure athleticism. it will start decreasing soon. I say use your chips while you still can.

[I dont forget what he did to Brent]

2 years, 10 months ago on Jianlian considered Spurs before signing with Mavericks | January

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@zap I think its the biggest opportunity for the Spurs that start rebuilding while contending.

i would trade TP for Cousins and an unprotected 2012 1st round pick.

This is a very fair trade to both sides.

Kings finally getting a floor General, also they dont need another prospect! They need someone who can take leadership. no doubt that with Parker and along with Thornton and Evans they will have a fantastic backcourt. and they still have Salmons and Jimmer as rotation.

For the Spurs, think July.

While this team will still be competitive this season as Manu, Neal and Ford can still execute, and pairing Cousins with Splitter or Duncan will be AMAZING.

BUT, in July 1st, Duncan comes off the books, Spurs amnesty RJ and we have *possibly* a lottery pick in a fantastic draft AND 30M$ of cap space!!!

I believe that this is a move to be done. I like Tony alot but he is a player that is mostly based on athletic ability which WILL decrease in the next 2 years, next to a decrease from Manu and Tim over the next 2 years, this team is done. lottery team for 2-3 at the very least.

This is a wonderful chance to rebuild on-the-fly.

About Cousins attitude you got to remmember that he is playing with a bunch of punks that hoard balls and with NO point guard to distribute. Also, they have so many locker room issues like with Jason Thompson who just HATES his team. Even Casspi was relieved leaving this place.

I feel the Spurs have probably the best locker room in the buisness. They have Duncan for Cousins to learn and look up to, they have Pop for discipline and their system will guarantee him involvement in the game.

Last thing, Have you guys seen him play? he had a few games with more then 5 assists. he is intelligent and has a very high BBIQ.

Now it's time for me to touch back on reality. I wish I was RC for just one day. :)

2 years, 10 months ago on Jianlian considered Spurs before signing with Mavericks | January

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@rtesoro440 Well, Lorbek actually wanted to come to SA as soon as he heard about the trade, but then came the lockout and a nice offer from Barcelona. So he stayed.

I agree that we need another guy to defend the low block, but who?

Maybe they want to see if Ford can play spurs offense and if Joseph is enough for a backup, send TP away. Actually a straight TP for Al Jefferson would work fine. playing Splitter and Jefferson in the front court will allow TD to become a 15 mpg backup. however Jazz got Harris so i dont thing they will go for such trade.

Maybe Jefferson and Harris for our Jefferson Parker and a pick?

Harris is miles better then Tony on defense.

2 years, 10 months ago on Week 1 in review: 3 games in 4 nights is not fun | December

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Ofcourse we have a chance, we will win the NBA championship. But it will happen only in 1 from about 300 scenarios.

The current Spurs team has a huge defect and until this defect it resolved, I just cant see the Spurs not being hammered come playoff time.

Last year was super-special, it was that crazy, that if actually had a big chance. but like always, injuries came at the worst timing and the rest is history.

2 years, 10 months ago on Writer thinks Spurs still have a chance | December

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@prnvptl189 I think THAT the real ews here. No Dyce!

2 years, 10 months ago on Spurs 2011 training camp roster, RJ listed | December

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@slapdoghoops He cannot play for any other team but the Spurs unless he has an immediate NBA-out clause. IF he didnt, his contract wouldnt've be cleared by FIBA

3 years ago on Parker ready to take the bus like everyone else | October

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if you ask me about your last sentence, i'll tell you its way too soon :\

3 years, 1 month ago on The 4 Spurs jerseys you got to have | September

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According to the ESPN report, Leonard added 15 pounds of muscle weight. If I recall correctly that was among the major complaints about Kawhi, that he was actually pretty weak for his size/position.

I really feel that we got a gem in Leonard, all i can hope that he will continue in this path.

3 years, 1 month ago on Kawhi Leonard shines at Jimmer's All-Stars | January

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I heard Convertibles has as much headroom as you want

3 years, 1 month ago on I feel the need . . . the need for speed! | September

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We've seen worse, Andrew Bynum anyone?

3 years, 1 month ago on Video: Fernandez takes out Parker with hard foul | September

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I just wanted to point out the buzz around Nando the past week. Reading through European sports sites give you some indication about how every columnist feels about him. And it's good.

After a really bad start to this championship he is now the 4th best player in this (hopefully) championship team, behind TP,Batum and Noah.

From what i saw, he is already a far far better player then Rubio, for instance. He is tall and long, athletic, aggressive, very good defender, decent shooter and good finisher.

If I recall correctly, this is his last year on his current contract, I feel he is ready. At 24, he possesses what you want a young PG to have. Along with TP taking him under his wing, learning the system and with Coach Pop guidance I feel he will be our answer for the 'Life After the Big Three' Symptom.

3 years, 1 month ago on Video: Parker vs. Navarro | September

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@CarlAllchin

Its not the same.

While the Spurs are all about loyalty, Garnett and Allen are no more then mercenaries.[They came four years ago from other teams to win championships, if you take a look at their current squad, they have NOTHING behind those 4, meaning they wont succeed again{my opinion}.]

I believe that rationally, they should be traded, even if it means getting one potential and maybe a few decent draft picks for each, teams like Utah,Washington and Clippers are looking for veteran leadership.

Since we live in a world where rational is not the leading incentive, it is unlikely to happen.

When it comes to the spurs, Duncan and Manu are in integral part of the franchise, trading either one will cause bad vibes around the team.[Same with Pierce and C's.]

I thought the same about TP, until he messed around with Barry's wife and cheating on his own. This is a stain on him and the franchise. Like a player expects a team to be loyal to him, the team expects the players to keep from hurting the franchise's image.

3 years, 1 month ago on The end of Boston's 'big three'? | September

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@ohad@yowhatupT@JeffProjectSpurs

As for as I understand, Pargo had until 1st of August to present Maccabi Management with an official contract offer for the upcoming season in the NBA.

There is no way he can present such an offer as the lockout forbids any type of player-franchise contract talk. Coach Pop might have called Pargo and said that he wants him on the team, but he cant make a valid offer, hence there is no way he can opt out of his contract.

Its more than obvious that Pargo went all emotional with this decision. 2 months ago, before he signed his contract, the card were lay on the table. He knew what a lockout means and he wanted to secure himself a contract. But then players started getting those immediate NBA-Out[For example, Jordan Farmar signed with Tel Aviv also] and Pargo decided that he wants one too.

In conclusion, legally i see no way that Pargo will be able to opt out[maybe if he'll buyout?] But that doesnt mean he souldnt be looked at. By the way, he is a Will Bynum type player but he is MUCH more talented.

3 years, 2 months ago on Spurs interested in Jeremy Pargo? | August

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The Spurs should pursue and sign Pargo. He has improved DRAMATICALLY over the last 2 years.

I've seen him play, he is a terrific athlete, fantastic penetrator, a solid defender and last year he acquired a decent long range shooting and facilitating. Maccabi played last year in the Euroleague Final. He finished the game with 9 assists.

Overall, He is as NBA Ready as any player could be.

3 years, 2 months ago on Spurs interested in Jeremy Pargo? | August

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Sean Williams is no longer an option as he signed with Hapoel Jerusalem from Israel.

3 years, 2 months ago on If I were R.C. Part 2 | August

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@Tyrone Jenkins Well, Mostly because Josh is a serious had-case. Spurs wont deal with those. He just wont fit the system.

3 years, 3 months ago on If I were Spurs' R.C. Buford . . . | July

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unfortunetly, only a handful of those trades are realitic. Unless you have a shotgun pointed at the other GM's scull.

1. Kings trade wont happen without another incentive from the Spurs. Besides, they just got Salmons.

2. Calderon for Jefferson actually makes sense.

3. Cavs trade NO WAY. Can you actually see the Cavs giving up on a good player who is only slightly over-payed for 2 HIGHLY over-payed [old] disappointments? I Don't. Put Neal instead of Bonner and you may get a deal. Also, they just got Casspi which i think is currently better then RJ.

5. Suns deal makes sense, but that Childress contract is just as painful as RJ's.

6. Captain Jack. Bucks will never agree on this.

7.Makes sense.

8. Clippers deal is fine but i am not sure it will make the spurs a better team.

9. NO FREAKIN WAY. ARE YOUR CRAZY?? Are you trying to sabotage your own team?? Bargnani?? The guy had the WORST +/- & PER in the ENTIRE NBA! To put a side his huge contract. unless RJ's swallows a ticking nuclear bomb, this is the worst deal we could ever get. He is NO Dirk.

10. Good deal, but i'm not sure the Jazz will go for it..maybe with Paul Milsap.

11. Heh, I wish.

3 years, 3 months ago on If I were Spurs' R.C. Buford . . . | July

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