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Encouraging win - encouraging few weeks overall. Spurs fans have been around this block enough times by now not to get carried away with it. But let's not discount it entirely either. We are getting healthy and finding our stride at the right time. We have a real opportunity to win home court throughout the entire playoffs here. Go get em Spurs.
3 days, 16 hours ago on Spurs Can’t Play Against Elite Teams: Myth Busted?
I don't think we necessarily need to add anything for this season. I am concerned that we seem to consistently miss opportunities to start restocking the shelf for the inevitable Duncan/manu retirement though. I'm hopeful this is something we start to look at over the next 12 months. I don't think we can rely on either marquee free agents or high draft picks to rebuild with. So we will need to be smart, and we will need to think ahead.
1 week ago on Granger passing on Spurs is blessing in disguise
Agreed. Lot of good points here. Clark would be a great get for us.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Report: Spurs want to explore free agent pool before re-signing Brown
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Report: Spurs trade De Colo for Austin Daye
@Tjaramil It’s an interesting question. Firstly, I would say that our short term problems
are actually a little bit more complex than how do we get past OKC and Miami. I
think we have struggled against elite teams this year, and I think one of the
reasons is a lack of depth at the 3 & 4 positions (and injuries of course,
which exacerbate this).
Specifically as it relates to OKC/MIA I think Ilyasova
can definitely provide back up minutes at the 3 with good length and shooting (I
think Ilyasova does okay, but let’s face it, the league isn’t exactly overrun
with Durant or LBJ stoppers – it’s a team game at that level ). At the 4, I think he spreads the floor more
effectively than we do now, and whilst I also value Diaw’s facilitation, again,
I think you may be underrating Ilyasova’s ability as a positional defender
(alternately, I could be overrating it!) He makes good decisions. He is strong.
He crashes the boards like his job depended on it and he shoots well enough to
make your Ibaka’s/Perkins types come away from the key to defend. He is a guy
we can use.
Long term, the case is even stronger. He is young (26) and
at a reasonably affordable contract (roughly $8mil) locked in for 2-3 years
after this one. I think he makes a great stretch 4 in our system. He will get
great looks. If he can manage some consistency, he could be a star.
Again though, I’m only saying if the price is right. He isn’t
a guy we mortgage the future for. It just sounds like he might be available,
and if so, I would like to see us get it done.
3 weeks ago on Spurs interested in Ilyasova or Sixers Young?
Huge fan of acquiring Ilyasova. He is the kind of player that helps our short term and long term problems. He brings good rebounding and good shooting and his skill set should blend in well with our system. Short term he helps fill the 3/4 space we have behind Kawhi (and some minutes at the 4 of course). Long term he is young enough that he can continue to be a key part of our team in the post Duncan/Manu period. I like this move a lot if it can happen at a reasonable cost.
How about something smaller in scope (and more realistic). Rumour has it Indy is looking for some bench scoring - maybe something like Nando for Solomon Hill would work. Hill seems like a Spurs guy to me; hardworking, good character, constantly developing his game. He has a decent three point shot, is a natural passer and flashed some potential at the summer league. Good all rounder stuck behind some great Pacer wings. We would get a young back up SF who is under rookie contract for 3-4 years at a reasonable price. They get a little scoring punch in their bench guard rotation. It's a low risk medium reward move - one I'd like to see
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Report: Spurs could have interest in Turner through trade or in free agency
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Mills’ strong play in 4th quarter pushes Spurs past Bobcats
I have thought for a while that Turner might be a guy we could use. He is also somebody we may be able to grow with in the post Dincan/Manu era. Turner and Leonard would make a great 2/3 going forward and I hope we can find a deal that works here.
1 month ago on Report: Spurs could have interest in Turner through trade or in free agency
This may work out. Shannon has top level experience, and has shown he can score in a variety of ways. As the article says, if he can defend against some key matchups he may stick. Again though, Brown is a SG who can handle the ball a little. Between Manu, Marco and Nando, that is a position we seem to be heavy at already. Could this be a prelude to a trade maybe?
1 month ago on Shannon Brown: Is the Risk Worth the Reward?
Saw Thomas was claimed off waivers by Utah. Shame we couldn't have worked out a trade for or Williams or Rush. We all knew the back up SF was a hole in the roster. It took bad luck with injuries to Green and Kawhi for it to be actualised, but isn't that always the way it goes. Let's get it fixed Spurs.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Report: Spurs looking to call-up D-League's Jeffers
At first glance, not sure I understand this move. Willing to give Jeffers a chance though. His rebounding numbers in the D-League seem strong for a guy this size. Hopefully he can handle defensive assignments against bigger wings as well. Shame about Thomas though. I thought he had some potential.
Promising debut from Thomas. I think there is a spot on this team for a guy who can play with energy, rebound and space the floor. If he can bring his post and team defence up to NBA level he could be a real asset. I've got a soft spot for the guys who have to scrape and claw their way into the league. It shows character. Takes heart. He's got a long road ahead of him - but he took some (more) steps today. I'm hoping he makes it.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Spurs jump on Bucks early, don’t ease up in blow-out
Frustrating loss this one. We are having a strong season with good contributions from a deep bench. But we are struggling to close games out in the 4th quarter and we are yet to post a signature win against a top club. You don't want to panic or anything. But it's worth putting on the table and talking about. We may need to make some changes.
Also, not sure I understand why an ascendant and in form Kawhi got only four shots last night and seemed to be sitting the entire 4th quarter. Was he injured? Anybody have a read on that?
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Portland Trail Blazers 109, San Antonio Spurs 100: LaMarcus Aldridge loves to play the Spurs
I feel like we would benefit from a move that added a piece to our team that could develop over the next season and a half before becoming a key piece in the post Duncan/Manu era. Somebody who can compliment and grow with Leonard. We aren't a club that free agents will rush to join - especially with TD and Manu gone. We need to be planning for what comes next now.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Trade Market: Looking through the Spurs assets
I actually think he possibly projects as a good Bonner
replacement. Not sure anybody we get is going to have Bonner’s success over an
extended period with the long ball, but Thomas projects out as a plus defender
and rebounder. If he can knock down the three consistently, and handle some of
the big guys at a decent level, he may well serve as a Red Rocket replacement
3 months, 1 week ago on Report: Spurs to call-up Malcolm Thomas from D-League
I like this move. Thomas has shown real improvement over the
years and appears ready for the next level. I think he has potential as a
stretch four who offers plus defence and decent shooting. I genuinely think he
has a shot to make the team. Go get ‘em young fella.
@autrader1 Sure, the Kings experience was poor - but you know, Danny Green was cut from the Cavs to make way for Manny Harris. This guy has some NBA level skills he brings to the table. Give him some quality time with the coaches, a system that uses its players strengths and a clearly defined role and let's see what we will see.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Report: Spurs set to workout forward James Johnson
Interesting. Johnson has great defensive intensity, ideal size and should fit into our locker room pretty well. In the past he has struggled with his decision making and shooting - Chip and the rest of the team would have to work hard with him I think. But if he can cut turnovers, make smarter plays and find some areas of the floor he can knock down shots from (corner three is always a good starting point) he could fit in well. Still only 26 - he should have a lot of basketball left in him.
I'm starting the year optimistic about Baynes as a medium term project. Not sure he projects as a starter, but he has size, strength, athleticism, a good work ethic, international experience and is in a great club for developmental purposes. As davehasabeard says though, he is going to need to limit his fouling to get quality minutes on the floor. If he can do that, he can definitely crack the rotation - and he has the potential to play an even larger role 1-2 years down the road.
6 months, 4 weeks ago on Baynes: It's about complementing what's in place with Spurs