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@TitletownX4 I totally agree. I don't mind Blair, especially as a 5th big. Bonner should never get minutes. And I agree, I feel like posters here made a snap decision and think splitter is all of a sudden worthless. But then also want to trade him for a top 5 pick. I think splitter SHOULD and WILL be on the team next year.
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TitletownX4, I also wanted to say that I agree with you that most of Splitter's criticism is unfair.
@TitletownX4 @rtesoro440 While I do agree with most of your points, I'm a stickler for More correct stats. Splitter played in every wcf game at about 9 minutes a game. He only played less than 5 minutes in game 6, where he played one. Also, I dont think it's fair to point at Blair as a culprit for the thunder series as he didn't play in two of the games and did have better stats than Splitter in less playing time. Now I'm not saying to keep Blair over Splitter or than Blair is better than Splitter, I just think blaming Blair for the wcf is not right.
@Chris32 @Sab83 THANK YOU. In every article there are people who want to trade every bench player to get into the top 10. You have to give up value to get value, and almost every trade suggested is ridiculous. Splitter, bonner and Anderson or splitter Neal and Blair would not get us into the top ten, much less the 2nd pick. Chris32, thank you for knowing that trade idea is ridiculous, but sadly it appears people like you are the minority here.
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@Plumblbw Yes I am aware that Argentina is in South America. I meant played European basketball. Good catch.
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@rtesoro440 I definitely think some changes need to be made, but I don't think a complete overhaul is needed for a team 2 wins from the finals And yes it is for the spurs to decide where Jackson goes, but it would also be up to the team taking him. I just have a hard time believing the raptors would take on a player who would not want to be there and give up a top ten pick in return. And Anderson is probably not worth much on the trade market since he hasn't played much and didn't really perform while he was here. I am just skeptical that the spurs could trade splitter, bonner and Anderson (players who you called NPA's, and I agree with you two of them) and receive the number 2 pick in return. Bonner is nothing more than a 3 point shooter, splitter is a good rotation player and Anderson is an unknown really. The number 2 pick has a chance to be a star player, and why would the bobcats give that up for our three? Personally, I would rather hold onto a known playoff performer (Jackson) then trade him for some one who might turn out to be good. I agree with you that change has to happen, the amount of change is where we differ. Who knows, though. All of your suggested moves may even be the answer to a championship, I just believe you will be disappointed come draft night when most or all of these moves don't happen. I do appreciate our debate though!
@rtesoro440 First, Anderson is a free agent so he can't be traded. So your suggested trade for the number two pick overall would be splitter and bonner for the 2nd pick. I can guarantee that the bobcats don't take that deal. Also, rookies chosen in the first round have set salaries that they can receive, and the second pick's salary will be about 3.8 million, so we wouldn't be able to get Drummond to sign below that. Second, I don't believe that Jackson would want to go to the raptors to MAYBE make the playoffs. He would demand to be traded as he did in Milwaukee this year. So, I am sure the raptors wouldn't give up the eighth pick for a player who doesn't want to be there. You are, however, close to the mark on what a 8th pick would be paid according to the rookie salary scale, which is about 2.1 million. Since neither of those deals will go through, the spurs won't have the savings you spoke of and then won't be able to sign Kaman or Humphries or Ilyasova. Third, the celtics may be interested in Green, but they are interested in SIGNING him since he is a free agent, so he cannot be traded. So, green WILL NOT be traded for any picks since he is not under contract. I do agree with you on the Blair trade as I would hope the Spurs would at least think of pulling the trigger on a trade to get Kyle O'Quinn, Henry Sims or Bernard James. I'd imagine we will go into next year with Jackson still on the team WITHOUT a restructured deal. Lastly, it seems your branding European basketball as inferior just because of how Splitter played against the Thunder. I'm sure you haven't forgotten, but two of our three best players are European and helped lead The Spurs to three championships. I highly doubt we go into next season with the drastically different roster you've suggested. I don't think I'd want to trust a team full of rookies while trading current rotation players. That may be a better lineup for the future, but I don't think it would help the Spurs chances of winning a championship now before Duncan retires.
But, I'm glad your thinking proactively and thinking of ways to try and make the spurs better.
@rtesoro440 You post this same comment on every article regardless of the subject. Also, as I've told you in almost every other post, GREEN AND ANDERSON ARE FREE AGENTS, MEANING THEY CANNOT BE TRADED. I capitalized hoping that would get through. Also, 10K would mean 10 thousand. Jackson's contract is for 10 million. And you're talking about winning in the playoffs with what, 5 new rookies coming to the team? And playing meaningful minutes? When's the last time a team with 5 rookies playing important minutes won a playoff series much less get to the finals? The goal is a championship, yes, but a team 2 wins from the finals does not need to trade half the team.
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@rtesoro440 Green, Anderson and KG are all free agents. Are you talking about sign and trades?
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@Jrcamaro02 I would be really excited if that happened, but I don't want to get my hopes up as I'm sure dragic could start somewhere else.
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@rtesoro440 @aespurs Just a question, what makes Mills an NPA? He didn't even get a chance to play in crunch time. If he opts in, then he's on the team and I think he could be a serviable backup to TP. At the very least he wouldn't constantly worry me that the ball will be stolen from him bringing it up the court like Neal does.
@rtesoro440 You keep saying that Okafor WILL BE a free agent after the season which is not true. He will only be a free agent if he is amnestied. And being in a small market will not be the excuse this offseason, it's that under the new CBA, the spurs just cannot spend that much money. Don't get me wrong I would love to have Hibbert or Kaman on the team, but I just don't think the Spurs can figure out a way to sign any of the players you mentioned. Sign and trade maybe, but I highly doubt we have anything the pacers or hornets would want in return for some of their better players.
@rtesoro440 The Neal thing was a joke.
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@JohnAbney Great point about the guards not attacking, just an off game overall. I wish I could hear Sean and bills commentary, I had to watch online with commentators speaking in Spanish.
Sorry I know that was a really long comment.
While the game did hurt, I think most spurs fans are overreacting a little bit. We've played the lakers one time, and yes it was ugly, but will the spurs get out rebounded by 30 again? I have to believe that they won't. Also there are many people getting on Blair for his effort, and while he can be very frustrating to watch, he did have 4 reb in 13 min of playing time. Duncan had a horrible rebounding game and I haven't seen one person who noticed. 2 in 25 min? That's not good. And ast night everyone but Danny Green and Matt Bonner just seemed off. Ron Artest also had a great game that I don't expect him to have again anytime soon, as he shot 66% for 26 points? I'll take my chances on Artest. One more thing I found entertaining was how little the spurs starters played while Artest and Gasol each played 40 minutes and Bynum had 37 for a combined 117 min while the spurs big three played 77 min. Thank god we get to see the Lakers two more times so we can truly see how we can do against them, since I don't believe it will be that bad again.
However, while I do think we are overreacting, I do have complaints. WHY CAN'T POP JUST TRY SPLITTER AND DUNCAN TOGETHER?! Even if our offense would slow, we have enough options to where we should be able to still find a way to score. And speaking of splitter, there is no reason I can think of for him to only play 15 minutes against the lakers. There is just no reason! I would've also liked to see Leonard play a little more just to get some more experience. He and jack were also our leading rebounders.
I don't believe this game accurately showed where we are against the lakers, as I have to believe Duncan will get more than 2 reb in our next meeting.
However, we really lost because Neal didn't play;)