It's plain to see the San Antonio Spurs need more big-man depth.
Tim Duncan is about the only legit big man the Spurs have on the roster. Not to take away anything from DeJuan Blair, and Antonio McDyess but they can only do so much to contend with the big men of the NBA. Matt Bonner is not known for his defense and Tiago Splitter still has yet to prove he can man the paint along side Duncan or by himself.
But did the Spurs try to add make an attempt to add some depth at the 5-spot by trying to add former Spur Fabricio Oberto to the roster before the lockout? Apparently so.
According to Oberto's agent Carlos Prunes (via the Argentine site Ole), the Spurs attempted to add "Fab" before the NBA lockout.
"The Spurs expressed their desire for Oberto to be the fifth center, but that was before the lockout. Still need to see if they want to add him."
Oberto would make a seamless transition into the roster if the Spurs do continue any interest in adding him. He knows the Spurs' system, is still a fan-favorite, wouldn't disrupt chemistry, and is exactly what Popovich loves in a player -- veteran, "do everything" kind of player.
But at the same time, he isn't young, athletic, and has been through heart issues which may be of concern. Not to mention how much gas does he have in his tank?
Though the report says if Oberto doesn't make a return to the NBA, Europe will be his next stop but what do you have to say Spurs fans? Should the Spurs make a run at Oberto?
Fab would be a "fabulous" pick up for the Spurs. Additions - veteran pro; knows the Spur's system; great team mate; a "do the dirty work" player; FRONTLINE help; still popular with the San Antonio fans. Cons - an older player (age may not be an issue with abbreviated schedule); health (which must be ok in order to be cleared to play). I'd say that the pros outweigh the cons in this decision. As Pop would say, "it's a no-brainer".
If McDyess retires I would'nt mind. He's a good defensive player with proper size.I'm sure his heart issues are in the past, otherwise he won't be cleared. I also recall that when the heart issue was discovered during his time in portland he instantly stepped down - away from his paycheck. That's a hell of a guy!
Take Fab for 1 million for a season and see how he does.... Then sign Joel Przybilla for the other 2 in our exception. Add him to the roster and poof we can all the sudden guard some of these bigger lineups that we don't currently match up against. He has always been big, strong and a solid rebounder and blocker. There's nothing else out there that seems close to what we need.
it wouldnt be that bad to have Oberto back because as mentioned, he knows the system, and also, i remember him being very good at tipping the ball back out. but yea, at the same time, he's older now and has that heart issue. i'd take a look at the other guys first before making a call to Oberto.
The spurs are replacing olds only to land an oldie? Come on, look to the future spurs. There are several big men out there, free agents and rookies. Why oberto?
@josespurs Hmmm.. He won an Olympic Gold Medal, Won an NBA Championship while playing next to three all stars in San Antonio four years straight. Played on what I believe was one of the top 4 defensive teams in the NBA every year he played. Fab is an All Star role player.
@josespurs o.O ..........................seriously..........................................?????