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If the team is healthy and playing well, would you rather have the No. 1 seed or not? Of course you would. But the No. 1 seed doesn't mean that much if even a single key player is hurt.
I agree with Rockhead, I think Dallas or Phoenix would be best in the first round. I'm not scared of Memphis either.
For the second round, Portland or Golden State might be better than the alternatives. Both Houston and the LA Clippers could be ... difficult. How often have "LA Clippers" and "difficult second round NBA playoff opponent" ever been in the same sentence? Sheesh ...
4 hours, 54 minutes ago on The Spurs are the No. 1 seed, but does it matter?
For me, the list is very short. I'm interested in a guy from the Toros, such as Courtney Fells, or Deshaun Thomas after the French regular season ends. Perhaps Davis Bertans after the end of the Adriatic League. These guys would benefit from being in a suit on game day and participating in practice, which is about all you can expect at this point.
6 days, 6 hours ago on The Buyout Market: Best of the Rest
We'll, if Caron is intending to sign with OKC, perhaps it is time to submit a waiver claim. At worst, it denies OKC a SF. At best, we get a backup SF. It could be a good use of $1 million. SA doesn't have to absorb the ENTIRE contract. They just have to bid higher than any other claim.
1 week, 2 days ago on Report: Butler to sign with Thunder
Given the choices out there, I think Courtney Fells from the Toros is the best bet. I think we need another SF to get us through the regular season. None of these folks are going to help much in the playoffs. The choices now go something like this: Fells, Antawn Jamison, Stephen Jackson, probably in that order. Unless the Spurs can pull a Danny Ferry and pull somebody from Europe in the next 30 hours. I really liked the Hawks picking up Mike Muscala for the rest of the season.
1 week, 3 days ago on Granger passing on Spurs is blessing in disguise
Let me see here. Danny Granger could make sense given the Indy-SA two-way pipeline. But I don't think SA has the cash to get him. I think Big Baby is going to LA to help out Doc. I'm not so sure on Earl Clark. If Detroit were to buy out Luigi Datome, that might make sense, but haven't heard anything about that. Austin Daye can't guard his own shadow, I think that is just a salary dump and reward to Nando for behaving. If Stephen Jackson would say the right words, I think Pop would take him back.
A bench warmer with promise might make sense. Deshaun Thomas is playing well in France. Could he be signed by March 1? Maybe not. Davis Bertans is still recovering from injury. So no. Courtney Fells is playing pretty well down on the Toros. He might be worth a look, although at 6'5", he is a little short for a SF.
For me, I think I might try to bring in Deshaun Thomas if a deal could be executed quick enough at the right price. If not, I'd go for Stephen Jackson, if he is in the right frame of mind. If not, do nothing.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Report: Spurs could sign Granger following buy out
@Spursfan66 @MOlsen I hear you. And I agree the Nando experiment had run it's course, and he just didn't pan out. My admittedly crude understanding of the situation in Toronto was that Daye couldn't guard his own shadow, and Duane Casey wanted guys that could play defense. Daye just can't do it ... perhaps Pop will provide more motivation and urgency to the matter.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Report: Spurs trade De Colo for Austin Daye
@Spursfan66 I don't know. He looks an awful lot like a Davis Bertans to me, but without nearly as much promise. DeShaun Thomas is also doing pretty well for Nanterre in France right now too. I think both of those players have more upside thand Daye, and I don't think Daye is likely to help out this year in the playoffs. I see it as combo salary dump/injury insurance trade for this year, and I doubt he will be around next year.
I don't know. Daye couldn't crack the rotation in Toronto, of the Leastern Conference. Not a great 3-point shooter, not a great defender. Could be reasonable at both, but would need a lot of work. Might need to be sent down to Austin for some work. Nando was familiar with the Spurs system, but Daye is 6" taller and about $500,000 cheaper. For a team pushing for a championship this year, I don't see him cracking the Spurs playoff rotation. Of course, neither would Nando. The Spurs didn't give up much, but I'm not sure they got much either. I'll reserve judgement.
@m90045 @PaulGarciaPS No. I think they will let him go after this 10-day contract. I would not be at all surprised to see Stephen Jackson signed before the playoffs though.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Inside the victory: Spurs 111, Blazers 109
No, this doesn't make any sense. Turner can't guard his own shadow, and certainly not Durant. For a trade, maybe Nando for Datome in Detroit. More likely is to let Shannon Brown walk, and re-sign Stephen Jackson, yet again. If Jack will sit face to face with Pop and tell him he will do whatever he wants, and not complain about Kawhi or Danny and be a good teammate, they will take Jackson back. Jackson now realizes he is not in demand, and the Spurs could use him for a few precious spot minutes. Looks like a deal to me.
4 weeks ago on Report: Spurs could have interest in Turner through trade or in free agency
In general, no, the Spurs don't need a trade. Now if a great offer comes along, that is something else, but I wouldn't even give up Matt Bonner at this point. So who can you get for Nando De Colo or Aron Baynes, as those are the only two players likely available? I come up with Luigi Datome from the Pistons for Nando. Detroit needs a perimeter player, and the Spurs could use SF. The Spurs were interested in Datome before, but he stupidly decided to sign with Detroit instead.
4 weeks ago on Spurs Roundtable: State of the Spurs near the All-Star Break (Video)
It's January. Timmy is OK, Manu isn't hurt, and TP is a little banged up. I'm more worried about TP getting healthy, and playing him fewer minutes than I am about some worthless regular season game.
For me, Reggie Jackson is a worry. Cory Joseph has to step up. We have playoff plans for Durant and Westbrook. Tiago and Danny need to make improvements, but they are injured right now. I think Baynes needs more playing time, because he is ideal for handling Dwight Howard, and perhaps Lamarcus Aldridge. The other boys just aren't big enough.
Finally, we need Memphis in the playoffs. The Spurs can handle them, but OKC? Not so sure.
1 month, 1 week ago on Parker on losing to top-tier teams: There's no panic
If Pop isn't going to play these guys, then the use of paying them is for developmental purposes. Then when you cut somebody like Malcolm, not only are the Spurs on the "hook" for the guaranteed contract, but the new team gets the benefit of the player development investment that was made. Honestly, Baynes and De Colo can't get enough burn, so why even fill these roster slots if Pop won't play them?
1 month, 1 week ago on Malcolm Thomas lands with Jazz
Now that the Spurs players sent to the Toros are accepting the mission, and working on their game, the next measuring stick is can the coaching staff at the Toros develop the players to the point that they succeed in San Antonio? Cory Joseph looked to have done that last year, but this year has been a disappointment. What about Malcolm? Can he improve his game, and then get decent minutes up in San Antonio to justify the investment or not? I hope so, but it has to be proven. Or will they just release him in June 2014 and let Philly or Orlando or Atlanta reap the benefit of San Antonio's investment?
2 months ago on Thomas’ contract guaranteed, says D-League has helped his development
Trade him to Philidelphia for a real prospect, and let Bret Brown spend his time with this headcase.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Ryan Richards signs with Greek team
Spurs defeat yet another Leastern opponent. Nothing to talk about, time to move on.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on The Rundown: Spurs struggle in first quarter, handle Raptors thereafter
Splat goes Reno. Baynes, DeColo, and Thomas tore that team limb-from-limb. A 30 point massacre.
3 months ago on Spurs assign Baynes, De Colo and Thomas to Toros
Ryan Richards? Ugggh. The worst word in the world is potential. In RR's case, it will never be realized. On a brighter note, DeShaun Thomas is playing reasonably well for Nantes in France. Eric Dawson is playing well for the Toros. Courtney Fells is also doing a decent job for the Toros. Baynes and DeColo absolutely tore up the team from Delaware ...
3 months, 1 week ago on Spurs' Baynes, De Colo assigned to Toros
Replacement for Matt Bonner? The name is Davis Bertans. Malcolm is a bit more useful on defense.
3 months, 1 week ago on Report: Spurs to call-up Malcolm Thomas from D-League
I like the signing of Malcolm again. I thought he was close to sticking last time, and he seemed to do well with the Bulls. I also agree with sending DeColo to Austin. On Baynes, I'm not sure why he was good enough to get decent playing time last year in the playoffs, but isn't good enough now for the regular season, despite his hard work on his game over the summer.