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Would be great if we could get an update on our OS guys at some point. I'd love to hear more about the development, current and future plans of the guys we hold draft rights to - especially Charles, Bertans and DeShaun Thomas.
15 hours, 41 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/video-livio-jean-charles-block-takes-no-1-spot-in-asvels-highlights-of-the-week.html
Increasingly I am hoping we are able to work out something
to keep Cory around. He has worked his way into being a valuable rotation
player – and with Manu eventually having to call it a day, there are guard
rotation minutes up for grabs. The Joseph/Mills unit has looked good in limited
run so far, but enough for me to think maybe it could be a feature of future
Spurs lineups. Whilst Mills is technically listed as a PG, in truth he has
always played more of a Jason Terry spark plug scoring/SG kind of role with us,
albeit with ball pressure and bringing the ball up duties thrown in. Joseph is
a sound defender with okay size and athleticism, he can guard 2’s when Mills is
on the floor. It all kinda works. If we
stop thinking of CoJo as a 3rd back up PG, and instead see him as
the primary back up and Parker insurance, I think the need for us to find the
dollars to keep him becomes a little more urgent.
1 day, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/cory-joseph-figures-it-out.html
Would be interested in seeing him play minutes at the 4. He is nowhere near strong enough to do it yet, but given his athletic limitations yet good length, it might be the best fit for him eventually.
1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/anderson-assigned-to-austin-spurs.html
Oh - and let's not forget Houston also has Clint Capela in the D League, exactly the kind of prospect I think we should be looking at.
1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
If we are going to make a move, I would like it to be made with an eye on the future. So the older guys on this list - not so much interest for me. Our roster of bigs is aging quickly, and with Danny and Kawhi looking at serious pay bumps next year we have some decisions to make with Cory Joseph. I'd hate to lose him mid season, but losing him for nothing at the end of the year would be worse. That;s the motivation for a trade to me.
As for who to target, I'd need to know more about the market - but Enes Kanter might be available, although likely at a high price and even more affordability issues next season. Miles Plumlee is on the block...he might give us a new dimension and maybe has a little potential still untapped. I know we don't seem to like working with the Rockets but right now they have Smith, D-Mo and Terrence Jones all clogging up the PF spot...could we prise Jones from them for the right offer?
If we can find a rotation player who can help us both this year and down the road, great. If not, well, I like our guys plenty.
1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
Good move. Daye is a solid pro with some talent, but his skills were often redundant in our rotations. Never quite took that next step we needed him to in order to remain on the roster. I like Green. I think his story shows he is willing to work hard. We could use some athleticism and youth amongst the bigs on our bench. It will be interesting to see where he ends up. He seems to me a poor mans' Udonis Haslem type at the moment - energy, defense, rebounding, some ability to knock down jumpers. If he can keep working though, stretch his range to the 3 point line and develop his ball handling, he has the potential to be a poor man's Paul Millsap type - and that kind of guy could stick in the league for years.
I'll be interested in seeing JMG and Kyle Anderson contributing in Austin throughout the next few months. Particularly with what they can do in some pick and roll/pop scenarios. Also - can JMG defend 3's? Evidence would suggest not...but that is the kind of question the d-league was built to answer.
First things first though - lock down a contract. I'll be cheering for him.
1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/could-the-spurs-be-signing-jamychal-green.html
I like this article a lot. Thanks for writing it.
One of the main areas of concern I have is what happens to our team post Timmy/Manu. With CoJo's development this year, maybe we are beginning to see what one potential answer could be. These Mills/Joseph splits are very encouraging. Joseph has shown some ability to handle 2's, and Patty's hyper activity can cause problems for ball handlers and in passing lanes. It has potential defensively. On offense they give a good blend of distribution, ball handling and shooting. It's not a traditional PG/SG combo by any stretch, but that seems kind of fitting to me. Maybe replacing Manu in our team is going to require unconventional thinking.
(And just in case - I'm not saying either of these guys are Manu, just that on his retirement we are going to need to replace his minutes with something. On that score, this article is great food for thought).
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/3-observations-mills-joseph-spurs-improving-defense-january-schedule.html
Absolutely agree with this. Kawhi not being available has exposed some soft wing defensive options - and I personally think this is something we need to look at as well. There is a fine line between stability and complacency, and I think that applies to roster management as well. Maybe it is time for us to make a couple of tweaks to with our role players. Might be a good time for us to have a think about our future as well.
Does anybody have an update on Livio Jean-Charles? An athletic, defensive minded 3/4 role player would come in handy right now. I'm just not sure his development is coming along as quickly as we had hoped.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/with-struggles-on-defense-and-rebounding-spurs-must-survive-until-leonards-return.html
I would like for the Spurs to take a close look at bringing this guy into the team. He has some good skills, has shown he is a hard worker - and let's face it, our rotation of bigs is not getting any younger. Not sure we have anybody under 25 and no real stand out options who we own draft rights to being developed overseas. Can he be a rotation player for us over the next few years? Would he benefit from the corporate knowledge of working with our team now? Are we likely to lose the option of bringing him up if we wait much longer? All reasonable questions - and I don't have the answers. For a variety of reason though, I say maybe it is time we gave JaMychal his chance.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/austin-spurs-jamychal-green-earns-d-league-player-of-the-month-for-december.html
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.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-ink-parker-to-multi-year-extension.html
@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.
6 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/video-austin-daye-looking-to-prove-he-deserves-more-playing-time-next-season.html
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?
6 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/late-july-update-on-spurs-international-players.html
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.
6 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
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.
6 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/video-austin-daye-looking-to-prove-he-deserves-more-playing-time-next-season.html
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.
6 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-eliminated-from-summer-league-tournament-by-wizards-in-triple-overtime.html
Messina is a well credentialed international coach who will bring a lot to the team. Possible Pop replacement down the road. Interesting move.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
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.
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).
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/summer-league-spurs-hold-on-to-defeat-pelicans.html
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.
@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.
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?
@imwithstupid Like this a lot. Bonner in an assistant coaching role makes a lot of sense.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-free-agent-options-for-remaining-roster-spaces.html
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.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/summer-league-a-look-at-daye-ayres-and-denmon-after-game-1.html
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.
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.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
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.
Great read. Glad he will be back. Interesting to hear his thoughts on contract length and a potential roster refresh as well.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/diaw-on-his-new-contract-with-spurs-we-found-common-ground.html
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.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/why-the-spurs-are-pau-gasols-best-option.html
@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.
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.
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.
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.
6 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
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.
7 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/free-agent-rumors-spurs-interested-in-rashard-lewis-sebastian-telfair.html
@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.
7 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
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
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.
7 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
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.
7 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/deshaun-thomas-remains-focused-at-making-spurs-roster.html
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.
8 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/analyzing-the-loss-spurs-97-thunder-106-spurs-2-1-series-lead.html
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.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/damian-james-says-he-wants-to-he-one-of-the-best-defenders-in-the-nba.html
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.
10 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/inside-the-victory-spurs-113-76ers-91-spurs-winning-streak-extended-to-14.html
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.
10 months, 3 weeks 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.
11 months ago on Granger passing on Spurs is blessing in disguise
Agreed. Lot of good points here. Clark would be a great get for us.
11 months, 1 week ago on Report: Spurs want to explore free agent pool before re-signing Brown
11 months, 1 week 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.
11 months, 2 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
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Report: Spurs could have interest in Turner through trade or in free agency
11 months, 3 weeks 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.
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?
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Shannon Brown: Is the Risk Worth the Reward?