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5 days, 1 hour ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/the-big-banger-as-a-starter-a-closer-look.html
Two points;1) I'm keeping the faith. This team can shake this off and be ready for the playoffs. We all know it. They know it. Just need it to happen now.
2) I may be over reacting - but I don't think our front office has been doing enough to bring new talent in to replenish our talent pool. In the last 3 years we have had one draft pick make it to the NBA (this year's, Kyle Anderson). At the same time, the only players we have acquired (I think - I'm going off memory here so may be wrong) have been Bellineli (rotation player), Ayres (marginal bench guy) and Daye (bench guy). None of these could be considered a core part of our future I don't believe. Our team has done it's part on the court. The players who we relied on for development have largely produced (CoJo, Baynes, Green)...I just feel like our front office has not been effective enough at bringing in new talent to supplement our existing, aging core. I'd like to see us become more aggressive with this. The worst case scenario is for our big three and Pop to ride off into the sunset before they can help mentor and groom our next generation of Spurs. Right now, we aren't giving them that opportunity.
6 days, 4 hours ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/about-a-loss-spurs-81-jazz-90.html
Sounds like he is going to the Nets. Disappointing. A few months of 40+ minute nights in Austin to learn the schemes and develop his game and he might have been a real asset for us next season. I guess it is hard to turn down minutes right now though - he has a contract to earn next season and I guess the opportunity to showcase himself in a larger role in Brooklyn was tough to beat.
1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/report-spurs-interested-in-thomas-robinson.html
Or Jeff Ayres, which would be tough on a guy who has been a solid hard working soldier for us, but clearly isn't a part of our future.
Love it. Exactly the sort of move I've been looking for from us. He already has proven he can be a solid energy guy off the bench with his rebounding and defence...but if he can develop his jump shot (over to you Chip) and work on his ball handling he could be a steal. He is young, athletic, and I believe he still has enormous upside. Even if not, I can see him complimenting Anderson in our second unit as early as next year. Would love to see this. Make it happen all parties concerned.
Reports this morning that the Magic are looking to move Maurice Harkless for a minimal return. 21 year old SF with good physical tools, some upside potential and some weaknesses (shooting, focus) that we have shown an ability to help with in the past. Something like this might be a good opportunity for us.
1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/amare-stoudemire-is-lacing-up-his-boots-for-dallas.html
I think he is still a solid offensive option who can be hid a little bit in defensive schemes for 12-15 minutes a night. As a chance to nab him for a pro rata minimum salary in our empty 15th spot, this was well worth exploring. This is a good get for the Mavs, who continue to run a classy front office that is creative, flexible and nimble enough to take advantage of opportunities as they arise. Good for them. Hopefully our chance to get an asset for a low price is still coming.
I'd still rather us use this spot to look at some talent with upside potential. Jordan Hamilton has brings some shooting and rebounding, and maybe has some stretch 4 potential in a small ball second unit. He needs to improve defence and ball movement. Jamaal Franklin brings defence, rebounding and ball handling and needs to improve his shooting (another project for Chip!). Both of these guys would be of more interest to me right now in this 15th spot.
That said, the Spurs have always been good at bringing in vets and using them in ways that helps them and our team. Reggie hasn't had the chance to show much yet. But that doesn't mean he doesn't have it in him. best of luck to him.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/report-spurs-to-resign-williams.html
If we are going down the veteran d-league route, I'd be curious to take another look at Damion James as well. He has good size, rebounds aggressively and has some solid defensive tools that potentially compliment the rest of the team well. He isn't young, but he lost a couple of years to injury so may not have the mileage other players his age have. Also, he played for Texas at College, he plays for the Texas Legends now, he played with the team for a few weeks last year...he just seems like a good fit. On reflection, maybe keeping him over Austin Daye might have been the way to go.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/spurs-sign-reggie-williams-to-10-day-contract.html
Curious move. Williams is known as a generally poor defender, and at 28 he probably won't be turning this around. He can shoot some, he can make some plays - I guess you could call him Marco Belinelli lite...which is odd because we have the actual Marco Belinelli. I can see the point of taking a close, cheap look to see if he could be an asset in our system (I suspect he might fit offensively quite well), but he doesn't add much we don't have already. Possibly a prelude to a trade that includes Marco. Maybe just a look at extra wing depth. You could argue he was the best available SF in the D-League right now. Maybe it is as simple as that. It'll be interesting to see how it plays out.
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.
1 month 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 month 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 month, 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 month, 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.
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 month, 1 week 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).
1 month, 2 weeks 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.
1 month, 3 weeks 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.
1 month, 3 weeks 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.
7 months 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.
7 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
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?
7 months, 1 week 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.
7 months, 1 week 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.
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.
7 months, 2 weeks 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.
7 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).
7 months, 3 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.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
@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.
7 months, 3 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.
7 months, 3 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.
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.
7 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.
7 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.
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
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.
8 months 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.
8 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.
8 months, 1 week 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.
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.
8 months, 2 weeks 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.
9 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.
10 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.
11 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