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Any 6'11" 3/4/5 guy you can get straight up for Nando...well, that pretty much tells you all you need to know about the 6'11" guy.
1 week, 6 days ago on Report: Spurs trade De Colo for Austin Daye
How will Daye impact SA? Hmmmm, this is the easiest way to look at it: We got a 6'11" 3/4/5 straight up for Nando. Dayes former employers were willing to let him go for Nando.
He'll be warming McGrady's spot unless somehow Pop gets him to buy into defense and stick to just the corner 3.
1 week, 6 days ago on Spurscast #317: Austin Daye, Trade Deadline, and Patty 'Thrills'
3.1 mil v 650,000$. Gravy train with Miami or compete in San Antonio for playing time and try to rebuild their name/brand/reputation. Something tells me both wind up, somehow, in Miami.
1 week, 6 days ago on Report: Spurs could sign Granger following buy out
I wish Scott Drew would take time from my alma mater, Baylor, to spend time with Pop.
1 week, 6 days ago on Croatian coach headed to Spurs
I love his athleticism and upside. Man, it's very high. And, he's still young. Reminds me of a younger Ginobili at times from the clips I've seen. Wish Ryan Richards was taking his development as seriously as Adam is. I think we'll see Adam over here when he's around 26-27 if he continues to progress, and obviously stay healthy. There is nothing about his athleticism or apparent basketball IQ or drive to succeed that should prevent him from getting over here and being solid.
1 month ago on Hanga still adjusting after returning from injury
Andy Kaufman was a genius. Gonzo comedy was epic. He crossed a line and no one knew if he was being serious or goofing on them. Even to the point when he died, people thought it was an elaborate Kauffman joke. He was a trip. Jim Carey did a good job capturing him in Man on the Moon. Check it out if you can.
Props to Bonner. Nice job.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Video: Bonner does his best Andy Kaufman impersonation
I think Boris stays. He played excellent ball in the playoffs and Finals. The Moment wasn't too big for him. I don't see Pop giving up that kind of unflappable guy-and he ramped up defensively and on the boards. Even knocked down 3's. All the things Bonner should do as a stretch 4 and a 4/5 coming off the bench should do in the playoffs and Finals-Boris did. You don't ship that guy off.
Now sending off Bonner and his expiring contract with Danny Green and CoJo for perhaps a solid 3 or 3-4 and a draft pick? I'd like that. Get a solid vet who can hit the corner 3, play solid D, back up Kawhi and give the Spurs even more flexibility when they play small ball? That would be really nice.
Or, another 4/5 Pop could utilize in the playoffs would be nice. Barring injury, you know he'll roll with TD, Tiago and Boris. Even if Jeff and Aron played in every game the rest of the regular season, not sure Pop plays either of them much past the first round. I think that's another need-being truly 4 deep at the 4/5 so TD isn't worn down.
I like Ayres and I also like Baynes-both just need PT though and have to really stand out if Pop is going to use them in the playoffs. Both have predictably been good at times, average others, so so in other games. Pop showed 2 years ago he was losing his trust in Bonner deep in the playoffs and last year, no confidence. I think he's given up the hope regular season Bonner will ever show up in the playoffs. As such-his only real role now is 'give other 4/5's rest during long, boring regular season, guy.'
Those two needs-addressing either would be great. Danny is, in my opinion, a perfect piece to dangle. He can get hot. With Marco here, we don't need him any more. Danny failed to show up this season before injury anyway.
Selling points: Veteran leadership and great locker room guy and expiring contract (Bonner), younger vet with Finals experience who plays solid D and can get hot (Green), Young pg groomed by the Spurs (CoJo). I think you can get something solid and a pick for that.
I wanted to send Nando off but rumors from Hoops Hype are that he is the #1 choice for some team in Turkey and I can see Nando returning to play in Europe. If rumor is true, no team is going to want to trade for him if they think he's headed back overseas.
I just think this is the year the Spurs pull the trigger on a decent trade before the deadline, not that they DON'T try to make trades to improve each year, just seems more to offer this year. A lot of things seem to point toward that-both guys to offer and needs.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Key Injuries to Spurs May Actually Be A Benefit
Want more Baynes.
2 months, 1 week ago on Analyzing the Win: Spurs 116, Mavericks 107
Isaac and John: Well said. I don't want Joseph taking away anyone's minutes. I want to see him in another uniform and preferably get a pick in exchange for him.
It's been interesting to watch the rotations this year. Bonner has for the most part assumed the place he deserves-at the end of the bench, getting some DNP, Coach's Decision. His contract is expiring. I like that Pop is giving Baynes minutes to develop him. Baynes alone, out of all our bigs, is a true banger. I think if Pop keeps feeding him minutes that he can be an excellent 1-2 punch with Tiago at the 5.
What does this have to do w Joseph, De Colo, etc...?
Mills has been nothing short of all you'd want him to be- and with Marco and Manu playing alongside Mills, Joseph is absolutely unnecessary. Bonner is, imho, is also unnecessary because Boris can hit that 3 under pressure, and we know Bonner won't when the pressure is on. I'd like to see CJ and Bonner (with his expiring contract) traded by the trade deadline for picks and an older vet who can provide depth at either the 1, 3 or 4.
De Colo, again, imho, has all the skills necessary to succeed in the NBA. I think his problems in the NBA are largely between his ears and the guy just needs more confidence. Being another 6'5" combo guy is a unique thing. I'd like to see him stick around and get the minutes Joseph gets. Pop would have to be patient with him and he'd have to make sure he's in the back-court with either Manu or Marco, but I'm not ready to give up on Nando yet because I think he has tremendous upside. Maybe the guy can get out of the funk, maybe not. If he does, he adds great depth and another wrinkle. Nando has some sizzle in his game (passing, specifically). He can keep the ball moving.
So....how about shipping CJ and Bonner off, increase the investment in the future by developing Baynes and Jeff, and then giving Nando some minutes here and there.....
2 months, 1 week ago on Video: De Colo dominates in Toros game
Good potential. Not the kind of thing you'd hang on to for significant minutes in the post-season this year. That said, I think Bonner and his expiring contract along with Joseph and possibly De Colo will all be playing elsewhere before the trade deadline for a player and pick, so maybe he gets a shot. Matty isn't going to be knocking down 3's in crunch time. That's for sure.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Newest signing Thomas could redefine stretch four position for Spurs
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Video: Adam Hanga highlights vs. Valencia... wow!
My man can play. As stated in other article-just needs a chance. Been saying that since summer
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Video: Baynes' impressive highlights vs. Raptors
@BarbaraOlsen I couldn't of said it better.
3 months ago on Popovich on Kawhi's struggles: 'It's not a big deal'
I love basketball fights. Worst fighters of the 3 major sports, which is odd because they are all so big. To their credit though, soccer player fights make B-Ball player fights look like UFC events. Not soccer hooligan guy though. Soccer hooligan guy crushes NBA player. Slow news month
3 months ago on Video: Ex-Spur Pops Mensah-Bonsu suspended after huge brawl in Euroleague game
Didn't Kaman say something similar last year? About the beauty of watching the Spurs play?
Would love to see Gortat in a Spurs uni. Always liked the guy's game
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Marcin Gortat thinks the Spurs are Mozart
@ryankxlu Well said-thanks for the good words
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Popovich: Military Vets Not Properly Honored
CaptainLate I assume you're not the real James Silas but if you are, loved your game but a ridiculous take.
1) Because Manu was able to rest and focus on conditioning and getting physically healthy for the first time since who knows when, because the Spurs signed Marco who will take some pressure off Manu and also allow Pop to rest Manu more, and because Manu is the quintessential competitor and has had all off season to stew over the Finals loss, he's going to have a nice, productive year.
2) I don't see any Spurs fans who have been following the Spurs for any length of time, except a few bitter folks who still blame the entire Heat series loss on Manu (conveniently forgetting the other factors that contributed significantly to that loss), wanting to see anything but the best for and from Manu. The guy continually took lesser pay in his prime for the betterment of the team, and he continually sacrificed minutes for the betterment of the team and continually did whatever Pop asked him for the betterment of the team. We won't see his like again here in SA. He should be getting nothing but love, respect and best wishes from fans.
3) Who knows what he will do, and Duncan for that matter with a couple of cryptic things he's said about playing through his full contract. He's definitely going to the HOF, but I just don't see him retiring. I think he walks away when he knows he's left it all on the floor and his body absolutely refuses to do what his brain tells it to do.
Injuries for ANY of our guys are unpredictable. I don't believe this is past patterns being indicative of future events with Manu. He's rested. He's well. He has more help. Less will be expected of him. Who saw Timmy having a chest contusion? Sports are like that. I think a lot of Manu's injuries in the past were related to him playing year round combined with his style of play. He ran himself into the ground.
We'll just pray for our guys to stay healthy. If they are, I think we're back in the Finals for Redemption time.
4 months ago on Five takeaways from Spurs opener
I think we'll see a lot of different combinations of players on the floor with the second unit the first quarter-half of the season.
I thought Pop would play Baynes earlier because he could bang with Gasol. That was a surprise. Still, I think Pop is going to tinker with things which allows him to both rest guys and possibly showcase guys he may want to move.
Mills, imho, showed exactly why he is needed more than Joseph. Joseph on his very best day couldn't do what Mills did and can do-fill it up at a ridiculous pace. Both require either Marco or Manu to be on the floor with them since they don't move the ball as well as a true point guard would (hence the need for a vet backup pg), but Mills has a skill set that is just priceless on the offensive end.
I'd like to see, in small stretches, against teams like Golden State for example, Parker and Mills in the back court, with either Marco or Manu at the 3 and Kawhi at the 4. I also think that kind of lineup could be effective against Houston, forcing them to go smaller because that is one line up that can push the ball at a ridiculous pace, move the ball well, and fill it up.
Can't do that with Joseph.
Miss George but wouldn't trade (no pun intended) what we have, are seeing and will see with Kawhi Leonard for anything.
Unless for some suicidal reason Indiana would like to send George back to us for Bonner, Nando and Joseph. Oh, and throw in Mahinmi. Sure the $ numbers totally don't work. The key there is suicidal on Indiana's part and, well, I guess Ian and George would have to be really dumb and restructure their contracts to take millions less to play for us.
I'm sure that will work out.
4 months ago on Ginobili 'really angry' when Spurs traded for Kawhi Leonard
Kawhi is a no brainer. I don't think exercising the option on Joseph means the Spurs are committing to him over the long-haul.
Kawhi is definitely integral to the future of the Spurs post TD. But who is the 2nd person of The Big Three version 2.0? I don't see him on this roster unless you're talking about Parker. Joseph and 'Big 3' version 2.0? Ummmmm, no.
I'm completely lost on what to say about the paragraph beginning "With Joseph, the team has...."-are you talking about Nando or Mills in addition to Joseph or still talking about Kawhi?" And I don't think Pop is sending guys to the bench to 'reflect,' -that's where they sit because he doesn't trust them.
4 months, 1 week ago on Spurs Exercise Options on Cory Joseph and Kawhi Leonard