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Another great off season move for us. Between the Popovich, Diaw, Mills & Parker extensions we have given the team stability for the next few seasons, even when we inevitably see the retirements of Manu and TD.


Now comes an even greater challenge - figuring out how we can continue to field a championship caliber team a few years down the track without having the benefit of high lottery draft picks, or significant cap room. The answer to that will come down to the contract we can get signed with Leonard, the development of players like Anderson, Joseph, Jean-Charles and Bertans and a bunch of factors we don't know the answer to yet; can our next head coach come out of the ranks of our assistants (Messina, Udoka?), what magic can we work with the draft, and how well can we do in trades and free agency to replenish our talent.


It is a good time to be a Spurs fan. You know, as always.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-ink-parker-to-multi-year-extension.html

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@imwithstupid @InsideHoops  FWIW I don't think the Summer League games matter. I do think development in a players personal game displayed in the summer league matters though. Daye showed some things here we hadn't seen previously too much of, specifically high level rebounding and creative passing. He also had some moments of solid D. He additionally (at times) shot the ball well in the situations I expect him to see shots this year. Unfortunately, he also showed he was not a solid primary option or trustworthy creator with the ball in his hands. No problem though, because that won't be his role. His role will be to help space the floor. To do that he needs to be a reliable, knock down outside threat. If that happens, some of these other skills might really help.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/video-austin-daye-looking-to-prove-he-deserves-more-playing-time-next-season.html

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Pretty sure Baynes will be in the Aussie squad at the world cup...although I guess it isn't 100% that he will be in the Spurs squad this year. Are any of the players whose draft rights we own going to be in the world cup? Dangubic for Serbia or Jean-Charles for France maybe?

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/late-july-update-on-spurs-international-players.html

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Baynes looks like good value at this point if no higher offers come in. Cotton fills a need. But there are some intriguing options out there. What is Emeka Okafor's health status? I could see him playing a useful rim protection / rebounding role off the bench for us if he is able to go. I also wouldn't mind us making another move to help shore up our future depth - use this time to season and develop a player who we believe can help us with the post Manu/TD adjustment. No matter what though, we are in great shape coming into the season. It's been a good summer for us so far.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/

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Over the last few years the Spurs have been developing a roster of versatile specialists (for want of a better term), and I think Daye showed some of the versatility we are looking for. Shooting, passing, rebounding...ability to play multiple positions....it is an interesting development. Our roster a few years further down the road will be full of these types. Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Anderson, Livio Jean-Charles, Davis Bertans...Austin Daye? Well rounded players who excel at certain things. Versatile specialists.

It all adds further weight to the suggestion that perhaps we are transitioning toward a largely positionless model, something akin to the Dutch total football concept of the 60's and 70's (not my comparison by the way, I read that on pounding the rock and thought it was smart). If that is the case, a guy like Daye could fit in well if he continues to develop his game. As a bench guy with a clearly defined role he has some potential. But as a part of a positionless basketball movement that prizes versatility and skillset diversity, he could be more than that.

Of course, that's likely over analysing things. For now, I'm glad Austin looks to be on the right track. Fingers crossed he can have a great year.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/video-austin-daye-looking-to-prove-he-deserves-more-playing-time-next-season.html

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This was a great game to watch. Daye, Ayres Thomas and Cotton all played solidly, closing out their SL campaigns in style. After being featured so heavily it will be interesting to see what role Daye has in the regular season - there were times throughout this past week I felt like we may actually be on the verge of another reclamation project with him. Other times he looked out of his depth. I'm starting to get behind him though - he played hard for us out there. The other guys too, it is a real shame the lack of roster spots means some of these guys will have to miss out. Good week from the SL team though. Good job all around. Looking forward to seeing who from the team gets a training camp invite.

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-eliminated-from-summer-league-tournament-by-wizards-in-triple-overtime.html

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Messina is a well credentialed international coach who will bring a lot to the team. Possible Pop replacement down the road. Interesting move.

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/

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This was a disappointing game from Thomas. I still think he has shown enough potential on the offensive end, as well as the requisite character for and commitment to improvement to earn a spot in the NBA....but there is no question this performance hurt his chances. Right now he has some offensive versatility and over the last couple of games, a knack for offensive boards. That won't cut it. I thought he had some okay defensive moments in the first two games, and a few miscues in the last one. I'd like to see him working the corners more - spot up threes, flex cuts and drives to mid post scenarios. I'd also like to see him in some pick and roll scenarios with KA. All in all though, our team is so deep the path to the Spurs is a difficult one. I'm still cheering for him, but could be tough from here.

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/

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Interesting note on Anderson's problems handling perimeter players in 1 on 1 situations. It's for this reason I would like to see how he held up against PF's. He would need to do a lot of strength work to defend that position, but he has the length and IQ for it to be feasible, and I think it better masks his primary weakness (lack of lateral quicks and athleticism).

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/summer-league-spurs-hold-on-to-defeat-pelicans.html

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@jojo707 @Rambler 

Actually, I think this is where Thomas is under rated. He is much more than a shooter – he is an incredibly versatile offensive weapon. He is good with spot ups, he is good coming off screens, he has a well developed low post game, he makes off balls cuts, gets to the line at an acceptable rate (and hits an acceptable percentage once there), is capable in the pick and roll, has a decent mid range game and shows an above average ability to make the smart pass without turning the ball over a lot. On a team like ours who run a lot of motion offence, and thrive on good to great play, that is a guy who can really be a difference maker.

And look, I know I’m pushing pretty hard here (sounding like I’m president of the DT fan club a little more than I intended), but I honestly think we are overlooking this guy. He had a great college career. He showed character going OS to work on his game. And in spite of his limited athleticism he has shown an ability to make things happen everywhere he has gone.

Anyways – appreciate your thoughts on it. Always interesting to see how other folks view our guys.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/

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@jojo707 Interesting comments about Green. I thought he has looked good a couple of times now as well. Might re-watch this one with a little more focus on him specifically.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/

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I think it might be time to bring DeShaun into the NBA. He has done everything we asked of him and has demonstrated a few times now he has an elite offensive skillset - we need to work with him to bring the rest of his game along. Given what he already brings to the table, along with his age and upside I can't understand how he isn't considered a superior prospect to Daye, Ayres, Bonner - hell, maybe even Baynes. Worst case scenario he is a trade asset for a team that needs punch in their second unit. And we honestly don't know what the best case scenario is. Poor man's Mark Aguirre? Glenn Robinson lite? If he can bring his D up to a passable grade, he is a contributor on a good NBA team. His best chance of doing that is over here, in either Austin or SA (or another club entirely). Agree his D needs work (quite a bit) - but is it just me or is the bar for DeShaun seemingly set a little higher than it is for some other guys on our team?

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/

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@imwithstupid  Like this a lot. Bonner in an assistant coaching role makes a lot of sense.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-free-agent-options-for-remaining-roster-spaces.html

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Great point about us needing to keep the ball moving. I thought Denmon, Cotton and Morris were all a little bit guilty of ball stopping and/or over dribbling at times. I'd also love to see us running more stuff through Anderson next time out. Daye was active, but needs to pick his spots better. I know this is a chance to extend his game a little, but 14 points off 18 shots isn't extending - it's forcing.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/summer-league-a-look-at-daye-ayres-and-denmon-after-game-1.html

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Gasol to the Bulls is a blow - but not unexpected, and infinitely better than him winding up on OKC.


I think our final roster spots should be decided with an eye to the future in mind. We have a limited amount of time with TD/Manu left. I'd like to see us bring in another player who might be able to help us make the adjustment after they have gone. On the free agent side I'm looking at Ed Davis or Evan Turner. In terms of our own draft picks, I think Deshaun Thomas is an under rated asset who is ready to play.


Whoever it is, bring them in, let them learn from this championship team and spend time with our HOF players. When next year rolls around we'll be in better shape for it.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-free-agent-options-for-remaining-roster-spaces.html

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Lots to see here. Also curious about how Darius Morris plays. He had a strong D-League season, plays solid D and still has plenty of upside. If he comes in and shows he has developed his 3 point range, he could compete for that 3rd PG spot against Bryce.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/

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Strong summer league roster. Good mix of former draft picks, d-league stand outs and current team members. I'm interested in seeing how Cotton and Morris perform - could be a roster spot for one. Also keen to see how DeShaun Thomas has developed over the year.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/

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Great read. Glad he will be back. Interesting to hear his thoughts on contract length and a potential roster refresh as well.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/diaw-on-his-new-contract-with-spurs-we-found-common-ground.html

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I think this would be a great signing (if for no other reason than to stop a contender getting him). Think his style of pay is perfect. Also think he could add a year or two to our contender status, helping to bridge the post TD gap.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/why-the-spurs-are-pau-gasols-best-option.html

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@wowowowbad  So, a guy with a versatile and rare skillset who took years to find his place in the NBA before learning the value of working with this organisation and within its system? Who, once having learned this went onto win an NBA title? He might have some experiences Kyle could benefit from hearing.


Maybe the role model part was more your point though. I guess it could be argued there are guys out there with better approaches to diet and training! I probably have to give you that one.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/

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Versatile is right. But you have to guard somebody and that's generally how his position will be defined. On that score, I think he (like Diaw) winds up as a 4. He has okay size and good length. He rebounds, he has shown some ability to block and poke at passes for steals. He will need to work on his core strength, and work overtime on his post D and pick and roll defence...but if he can apply his BBIQ and feel for the game to his defence at the PF position I think he makes an excellent point power forward a year or two from now.


And in Diaw, he has the perfect mentor and role model.


3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/

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Another opportunity arising from free agent signings might be the possible availability of Meyers Leonard in Portland. With Kaman on board he is sunk on the depth chart, and the Blazers might go for somebody like Jeff Ayres (and maybe cash and/or a 2nd round pick) as insurance at the PF spot. We get a young prospect we develop in Austin (and I'd love to see how Leonard went playing with Kyle Anderson down there) whilst they get a tough veteran who they know can play minutes and get their starters rest. The players themselves might be pleased as well. Ayres gets a shot at more minutes, Leonard get a fresh start.


Again, I guess I'm looking for the Spurs to keep laying the foundation for that post Manu/TD era we all know is coming.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/

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There are some interesting free agent options out there. I'd be interested to see what we could make of Evan Turner, Ed Davis or Al Farouq Aminu - depending on cost and roster space. All young, all with upside - and I can see how each might fit into what we do.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/

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Not too sure about Lewis or Telfair, but I think Livingston might be a fit. At some point we might need to clear up some roster spots though.


Another guy I think we should be talking to is Evan Turner. The market has cooled on him so he might be in our range. I think he is versatile, and has the potential to perhaps replicate some of the ball handing we get from Manu in our second unit after the inevitable Manu/TD departure. If we bring ET in now, give him a year behind Leonard to learn the system (and maybe work with Chip on that 3 point shot) then he could look like a steal next year. And we take another step toward the future.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/free-agent-rumors-spurs-interested-in-rashard-lewis-sebastian-telfair.html

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@jojo707  Great point. It's time for us to start planning for the future. We have an opportunity to bring players in to learn from Manu, Pop & Timmy whilst they are still around. Lets focus on young guys who can help us carry the load in the post Manu/TD era.

4 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/

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Draft night rumours that James Young might be slipping. We would likely need to move up a few spaces to get him, but that is exactly the sort of prospect I am talking about. Exciting day ahead. Go Spurs. #keepwinningforever

4 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/

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I'd personally like to see us incorporating the Toro's into our development plans a little more. That could mean creating a roster spot for a player we rotate down into the D-League regularly, or maybe it could be some kind of arrangement similar to what the Thunder arranged with Grant Jerett last year (obviously needs the co-operation of the player who takes a financial hit). Either way, it seems like a resource we underused last year.


If we could trade some of our assets ( late first round pick, multiple second round picks, draft rights to multiple OS prospects) for one young, blue chip prospect we committed big minutes to in Austin, I think we could help set up our post Manu/TD roster whilst giving the fans a reason to get out and cheer on the Toro's at the same time. Easier said than done of course.

4 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/

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I'm hoping this guy makes he team. He ihas an interesting offensive skill set and as shown a real willingness to work hard at his game.

4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/deshaun-thomas-remains-focused-at-making-spurs-roster.html

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Just wasn't our night. Need to defend and rebound better in a WCF. We have a great opportunity to head back to SA 3-1 up with a in next game if we can raise our game. I like our chances.

5 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/analyzing-the-loss-spurs-97-thunder-106-spurs-2-1-series-lead.html

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For what it's worth, I think James has some potential as a wing stopper. Good size, strength and from what I've seen decent fundamentals. A summer of hard work should lead to a shot at the summer league. Then we'll see what we will see. This article is right in that his path to the NBA is going to come through his ability to be a lockdown defender, but knocking in some corner three's wouldn't hurt either. Good opportunity for him.

6 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/damian-james-says-he-wants-to-he-one-of-the-best-defenders-in-the-nba.html

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Super game from Daye. The kind of game that makes you wonder if he couldn't make the team in the new season. There are some pluses to this. He is affordable, young, adds some depth at the 3/4 and will serve as a pretty good template for how we can eventually use Davis Bertans when he makes it over.

All that said, just one game.

7 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/inside-the-victory-spurs-113-76ers-91-spurs-winning-streak-extended-to-14.html

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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.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Spurs Can’t Play Against Elite Teams: Myth Busted?

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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.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Granger passing on Spurs is blessing in disguise

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Agreed. Lot of good points here. Clark would be a great get for us.

8 months ago on Report: Spurs want to explore free agent pool before re-signing Brown

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Meh.

8 months, 1 week ago on Report: Spurs trade De Colo for Austin Daye

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@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.

8 months, 1 week ago on Spurs interested in Ilyasova or Sixers Young?

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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.

8 months, 1 week ago on Spurs interested in Ilyasova or Sixers Young?

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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

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Report: Spurs could have interest in Turner through trade or in free agency

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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.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Report: Spurs could have interest in Turner through trade or in free agency

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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?

8 months, 3 weeks ago on Shannon Brown: Is the Risk Worth the Reward?

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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.

9 months ago on Report: Spurs looking to call-up D-League's Jeffers

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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.

9 months ago on Report: Spurs looking to call-up D-League's Jeffers

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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.

9 months, 1 week ago on Spurs jump on Bucks early, don’t ease up in blow-out

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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?

9 months, 1 week ago on Portland Trail Blazers 109, San Antonio Spurs 100: LaMarcus Aldridge loves to play the Spurs

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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.

9 months, 1 week ago on Trade Market: Looking through the Spurs assets

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@SpursAllDay11

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 next season.

10 months, 4 weeks ago on Report: Spurs to call-up Malcolm Thomas from D-League

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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.

10 months, 4 weeks ago on Report: Spurs to call-up Malcolm Thomas from D-League

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@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.

1 year, 2 months ago on Report: Spurs set to workout forward James Johnson

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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.

1 year, 2 months ago on Report: Spurs set to workout forward James Johnson

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