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Very impressed by what I saw from Baynes. Didn't think he had that kind of game in him. He kept getting good looks at the basket and his baby hooks dropped in tonight when he used either hand. Thomas continued to impress. Nando played really well tonight and helped the Spurs get good ball movement on several possessions. Overall, really like what I saw from the Spurs tonight. Easily their best and most complete game in summer league thus far.

1 year ago on Nando De Colo leads balanced attack as Spurs bounce back vs. Hawks

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Cory Joseph looked good last night in leading the team with poise.  Nando looked good offensively and handed out some nice assists.  Thomas was impressive to me.  He was being guarded by Cody Zeller for long stretches and showed great versatility in his game.  A few times he successfully boxed him out to grab a defensive rebound.  He scored from everywhere it seemed hitting pull up jumpers in the face of wing defenders, going 2-4 from three, and even driving to the hole off the dribble a few times.  He drew a couple fouls on Zeller with two drives and pump faked a wing defender and drove the lane for a layup on another occasion.  He has a quick trigger with his shot which helps him score over people.

1 year ago on Summer League: Joseph lead Spurs over Bobcats

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Maybe Spurs tried first to do a sign and trade to get Kirilenko more money and now that that didn't work out maybe he will take the Full MLE from the Spurs that we would have available as a result of the scenario I just presented.

1 year ago on Spurs, Kirilenko talks end with no deal

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I still think its possible to sign Kirilenko outright assuming he will take the full MLE.  Here's how:

According to Hoopshype we were at $41,831,628 before signings began.  Manu signing first today is key because he has the largest cap hold at $19 million.  If Manu is getting $7 million/year his salary takes our salary cap figure up to $48,831,628.  I expect that the Spurs could then sign Belinelli to his $3,000,000/year deal and Pendergraph for his $2 million+/year deal as well.  Once you add them in that takes the team salary up to $53-55 million which is still under the cap.  We could then take advantage of Tiago's Bird Rights to go over the cap and trigger the Full MLE we could still offer someone.  If Spurs sign these guys in an order similar to this over the next few days then we know that's what they are trying to do.


1 year ago on Spurs, Kirilenko talks end with no deal

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In Larry Coon's NBA Salary FAQ, he provides an example of what a 4 year $36 million salary might look like.  Tiago's salary probably won't start at the exact level this one does and may have 7.5% annual raises instead of the 4.5% annual raise this example assumes from year 1 to year 2 but it gives you an idea of how the contract could be substantially back end loaded to get to the average salary of $9 million in the final two years of the contract.

Season 1 $5,000,000, Season 2 $5,225,000, Season 3 $12,628,613, Season 4 $13,146,387. Total $36,000,000.

1 year ago on Report: Spurs, Splitter finalizing 5 year, $45 million deal

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In addition, according to Larry Coon's NBA Salary FAQ above, "Typically a salary can decrease by the same amount it can increase. For example, since the Larry Bird exception limits raises to 7.5% of the first-year salary, the salary may also decrease by up to 7.5% of the first-year salary".  This means if the Spurs want to start Manu's salary at substantially less than what he made last year, they would first have to renounce his rights which would cause them to give up the Larry Bird exception but by doing so, free up the Spurs to start him at whatever level they want to.  Just like they did with Tim last year.  So expect an announcement that Manu's rights will be renounced at some point.  Otherwise, if they don't renounce his rights according to the Larry Bird exception his salary in year one could be no lower than $13.023 million.

1 year ago on Report: Spurs, Splitter finalizing 5 year, $45 million deal

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When you keep in mind David West just got 3 for $36 million from Indiana today.  Tiago's deal doesnt seem so bad.

1 year ago on Report: Spurs, Splitter finalizing 5 year, $45 million deal

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@Spurs 4 life 4 for $36 million means that his contract probably starts at $6.5-7 million.  I can live with that.

1 year ago on Report: Spurs, Splitter finalizing 5 year, $45 million deal

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