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The guy needs a serious attitude adjustment. I can bet that any of us Spurs fans would be happy to sit on the bench for the Spurs for over $1mil a year and learn from Coach Pop and future HOF players. He has to realise that he will always be a roleplayer. If he keeps it up Uzbekistan won't take him in their league, let alone be tolerated in the Spurs organisation. His days are numbered.
1 year, 10 months ago on Blair tweets feelings on not playing in season opener
"IF" this guy makes it through training camp and finds his way on to the roster and proves himself during the first part of the season, then in may be forseeable that he may pave the way for Jax to be traded around the deadline. A package of Jax/Blair and or Bonner may net the Spurs a good solid big that they are needing. Otherwise if they don't, it shows how hard it is to truly find a good dependable and productive big.
2 years ago on Report: Spurs sign Derrick Brown to non-guaranteed deal
Just a random attempt at possible trades. It works on ESPN Trade Machine. It involes Spurs, T-Wolves, Blazers & Hornets.
Spurs get - Aldridge, Rubio & Pekovic
Blazers get - Bonner, Joseph & Jason Smith
T-Wolves get - Parker
Hornets get -Blair & Neal
It gives us solid pieces with which to rebuild whilst TD and manu are still around and a developing Leonard.
2 years ago on Report: Spurs took a look at McGrady
Yeah me too. I saw some of his games at the Olympics when they played Australia and other teams. And he definately has got some quality skills there.
With Leonard's emergance and his ongoing growth in all areas, I believe that he will be the focal point to rebuild the Spurs. That means providing pieces that fit around him, rather than TD. I also think, depending on injuries, that Manu will retire before Duncan ever does. And I doubt Jax will be there beyond the end of this season.
The two players who I would like to see on the Spurs (and I know this is a pipe dream. But hey we can all dream right) are Rubio and Bogut. Rubio if he stays healthy will be as good as TP, and Bogut is a veteran (yet still young) big man who when he is healthy is among the best centers in the league. Those two with Leonard snf s good solid supporting cast would make the Spurs contenders for a long time yet.
The Spurs are just looking around. Just about every team is inviting players who may or may not fit their team structure. It's just good management to look around. I doubt if he will get a good look in, that is unless Jackson is going to be in the trade mix as well (which I doubt though). Getting all these players in for try-outs might serve to give the current players who may be on the trade bait list a kick up the pants so that they try harder this next season.
I think eventually the Spurs will get that big they need, might not be this year (or if it happens this year it will be at the trade deadline, when hopefully Blair/Bonner/Neal have played well enbough to interest other teams) but it will happen soon.
There are some good bigmen (like Bogut) coming up in free agency in the next few years, so maybe the Spurs are waiting until then, they will have more cap room available too? Just a thought...
I included CJ because he will be the 3 or 4 spot point guard if you discount using Neal at pg. I think if the Spurs could get a 3-4 team deal going, using Bonner, Blair, Neal, Joseph in the trade then maybe we could get a couple serviceable bigs in the process. It makes a possible Kapono signing have a little more sense.
2 years ago on Report: Spurs Working Out Jason Kapono
If the Spurs do sign him, it will only be for a year or two on a small contract. And it might very well signal a trade especially if the Spurs are looking to offload Bonner and possibly, Joseph and Neal as well. Either way it feels like something interesting is brewing within the Spurs.
Maybe he can help pry Derrick Favours away from Utah....Blair, Bonner and a second round draft pick sounds about right.
2 years ago on Layden replaces Lindsey as Spurs' assistant GM
I totally agree that the Spurs need a big who will rebound, add defensive pressure and will contribute in points...but here is some statistical perspective.
I checked all the current rosters (from nba.com team rosters) and looked at how many bigs (players over 6'10") and here are the basic numbers:
Average number of bigs per team = 4.6
Highest number of bigs on team = four teams with 7 (Golden State, Philly, Milwaukee, Toronto)
Lowest number of bigs on a team = 1 Brooklyn
Spurs = 3 (5 other teams have same number)
So judging by those numbers the Spurs are in need of one to two more bigs in order to match up against other teams in the league, even those that play small.
And while the Spurs are looking at all these other players, they might be looking ahead a couple of seasons to the post Duncan/Manu era. That is also a time when there will be more cap room to sign a good big. Players like Bogut will be free agents in the next couple of years, so they may look to try and sign someone like that to replace Duncan. jackson will probably be gone by then, and Bonner will be a freeagent and more than likely won't be re-signed. So looking forward to possible free agent pick-ups is just good team management in my view.
2 years ago on Does Wilkerson invite, Brown rumor signal new wrinkle for Spurs?
I was going to say what @MikeStaniforth said....That's like saying the NFL is soccer. A little bit of journalistic due diligence would not go astray guys. But otherwise, good job on actually reporting something that is culturally relevant to a non-American member of the SPURS.
2 years ago on Video: Spurs' Patty Mills sings with Australian rugby team
If Coach Pop can handle Jackson then I think he would be able to handle Blatche. If Blatche actually focusses on his basketball then there is alot of upside to the guy, especially if they can get him for cheap.
It will be interesting what the Spurs do after this season is over, given that Duncan and Ginobli will be another year closer to retirement, Parker will be another year older, and significant players like Jackson, are out of contract. Does anyone think that the Spurs may ship Parker (maybe with some other players) after this season in order to start rebuilding for the post Duncan (and hence Coach Pop)/Manu era? Personally I think the only players that are untouchable at the moment are Duncan, Manu and Leonard, everyone else could be used in trades. And if Blatche worked out as a good bench big then maybe package Parker for another (someone like Bogut, Varejao, Chandler).
Just thinking out aloud...
2 years, 1 month ago on An image repair needed, Blatche is taking action