According to Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski and HoopsWorld's Alex Kennedy, the San Antonio Spurs are interested in former New Jersey Nets small forward Bostjan Nachbar and free agent small forward Maurice Evans.
Per Wojnarowksi's twitter handle, the Spurs were one of the teams calling Nachbar's agent.
Boki Nachbar is returning from Europe still w/ great rep for shooting well, working hard: Raptors, Nets, Knicks, Spurs, Sixers checking in.
And in Kennedy's updated NBA free agency diary, the Spurs were also one team calling about the services of Evans.
However, several contenders such as the San Antonio Spurs, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers have reached out to Evans’ camp as well. Don’t be surprised if teams look to sign Evans with the new mini mid-level exception.
Earlier today, it was reported that the Spurs were also interested in free agent Josh Howard. Earlier in the week it was also reported that the team was also interested in free agent Caron Butler but sources speculate he's Chicago bound.
Nachbar is a 31 year old 6'9 small forward who hasn't played in the NBA since the 2007-08' season where he appeared in 75 games for the Nets averaging 9.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 36% shooting from three-point range before leaving for Europe.
Evans was a familiar face during the lockout as he was usually seen at every press conference as Derek Fisher's right hand man. Evans is a 33-year old small forward who averaged 9.7 points per game in 26 games after being traded to the Washington Wizards from the Atlanta Hawks. Evans also shot 35% from three-point range with Washington.
Now if you're keeping tabs, that's four small forwards that the Spurs have reportedly made calls about over the last three days that free agency discussions have been open.
With Richard Jefferson, Kawhi Leonard, James Anderson, Da'Sean Butler, and Danny Green expected to be in training camp next Friday, one has to infer that the Spurs will either be looking to use the new Amnesty clause on Jefferson, or will be exploring the possibility of making a trade(s).
As head coach Gregg Popovich said in today's press conference, he doesn't know who will be present next week, as he mentioned that as of right now the staff is mainly working the communication lines discussing free agents and trades.
There is no need for sf. The spurs lineup is full of them. What they need now is at least 2 pf/c Interior defense is important as shpwn by the grizzlies debacle. Give a chance to greg oden. He has been unlucky and it just may turn around. Who knows, he may be another d. robinson. Hold on to r. jefferson and let go of mcdyess, blair, butler, green and bonner.
If Spurs get rid of Jefferson they better be sure to get a QUALITY replacement. If the use the amnesty on him to sign either of these guys it is clearly a move to save money only. Neither of these guys will be able to replace Richard Jefferson.Caron Butler would be an ok replacement, but I don't see the Spurs getting his signature - these guys mentioned above are clearly cheap backup options.for RJ.
I think they should hold on to RJ one more season and go for something next season where the Spurs will have alot more room to work with. Amnesty on RJ and Timmys big contract gone leaves room to attain some new star power to rebuild around. And Tim Duncan resigns with a veterans minimum!I think it's easy to overlook the workload that Richard Jefferson pulled throughout last years regular season. Injury free, solid perfomance. I think we all enjoyed his nice start of last season. But with James Anderson injured and Steve Novak being a useless player RJ just wasn't allowed much of a break. With Leonard and Anderson chipping in I sincerly belive that RJ can keep that level of performance up.
Josh Howard and Caron Butler would be great. But it comes at a high price where the Spurs would get much better value next year and both of these players are injury prone mening we may start rookies through half the season.
@johanf79 Yeah, I agree as well. I Just wish RJ played better defense and that he was more sure of himself like he used to be in New Jersey. I still believe he has a lot of talent. I think our system made him the scrub he is now lol. I personally think we should have pop give him some new plays at the rim. His athleticism is wasted when he is just sitting in the middle of no where shooting 3-pointers.
@johanf79 i agree with what you've said. there's also the option that if we're looking at signing one of these guys, there might be a chance to trade RJ rather than use the amnesty on him. it probably won't happen, but it is a possibility. however, i wouldn't decline the option to give RJ one more shot for this season, and use the amnesty on him in the offseason if he doesn't do well again.
the more i see reports on SFs, the more i begin to believe that RJ could be gone and maybe either Da'Sean Butler or Danny Green as well. just a week away til free agency and i'm ready for it.