On Wednesday, the San Antonio Spurs were once again entrenched in multiple reports with confirmed visits from free agents Caron Butler and Josh Howard, to amnestying one of their own in forward Richard Jefferson. By the time the evening came to an end, the Spurs had secured their first free agent target of the period, that is former Pacers guard T.J. Ford.
Here's the latest Spurs rumors from around the league at the moment. First, courtesy of Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc Spears' Free-agent buzz piece. The first relevant information is that the Chicago Bulls are still the front runner for Butler.
As Caron Butler completes his personal tour of NBA suitors, the Chicago Bulls remain the team to beat for him, league sources said.
Butler has been the Spurs’ primary target, but team officials have been speaking with agents about a number of different options to fill their pending small forward vacancy. Washington Wizards forward Josh Howard also visited the Spurs this week and met with coach Gregg Popovich and general manager R.C. Buford.
Another interesting tidbit in the report is that the Spurs have Mike Dunleavy Jr. on their radar.
The Spurs have inquired about Mike Dunleavy as a short-term replacement. Rookie Kawhi Leonard also can play the position.
Free agent small forward Grant Hill also is looking for a championship, the Spurs are one of the teams keeping an eye on him as well but it seems he is New York bound.
At 39 years old, Hill knows he doesn’t have long left to chase a championship, and the Los Angeles Lakers, Bulls, Miami Heat, Spurs, New York Knicks and Clippers have all expressed interest in him.
And finally, cross Shane Battier off the Spurs wish list. Battier will likely be joining the Heat according to reports.
Still dreaming him will be the next Larry Bird? Give me a break. Signing Dunleavy will be the worst move in the Spurs history, much much worse than RJ.
looks like this conversation doesnt mater much, JR is signing with the bucks for 7.5 over 2 years.
spurs seem to be losing their edge in negotiations these days?
well lets see where we stand, battier agrees to the heat, price agrees to sign with the pistons, butler agrees to 3 yrs 24 mil deal with the clippers. looks like the spurs have been narrowed to josh howard or mike dunleavy. hmmmmm lesser of 2 evils i guess. to be honest other then the $$$$$ i would take RJ over either of them i think.
Is the spurs that desperate? Considering Dunleavy Jr.? If Jeferson is out, stick to the current lineup of Green, Butler and Leonard or waive them. What is the use of signing them only to be benched. Let them show their worth and address the more pressing issue, that of a big banger to relieve TD. Stick to Kaman, and the other big guys to man interior.
@rtesoro440 again, Leonard is going to play, otherwise, we wouldn't have traded for him. he's not going to get waived.
anything more then a vet minimum and i gotta say VETO!
same or the david west interest, VETO!
oh and grant hill is 39 years old, come on thats going in the wrong direction.......... sure he had a couple productive seasons with the suns but there is NO WAY he can hold that up at his age, no way! dont get fooled spurs.
@JohnAbney David west is the man and he would be an outstanding sign.. I don't think we can afford him so that doesn't matter much. Although I would potentially take him in a Bonner Blair sign and trade. So now that West is out of the conversation because we just don't have enough for him.
Dunleavy is a great player.. Brent Berry, Mike FInley type with more height and better rebounding skills who would be more than willing to take a spot ahead or behind Manu. He is and was a starter for years with a great ball handle, BBIQ, and shooting skills. If he's over his injurys then he will be a huge asset. This guy is more along the lines of the type of players the spurs sign.
Still, Butler will add different dynamic that neither Howerd or Dunleavy can fill. Butler can post up and this would situationaly give us the ability to exploit mismatches at the 3 guard position, while when we have a need for a fast defensive minded 3 guard we can go with Leonard.
I see pop trying to keep the pressure off Leonard on the offensive end while he will request a lot from him on the defensive end. Hopefully Anderson can step up this year on offense as well.
@KrisPittman i dont see MD jr as more skilled or better then either barry or finley at a younger age then both where signing with spurs. he has played 1 full season in the last and taking away that lone season he has averaged 45 games in the other 5. he is a decent shooter but is turnover prone. like i said, at a low price (ie vet minimum) im ok with him, anything more and veto.
david west is a product of chris paul and nothing more. he is soft defensively. the proof is in the numbers, the 2 seasons BEFORE cp3 showed up west was averaging 5 ppg, 4 rpg and the year CP3 came to town his numbers jumped to 17ppg and 7 rpg. his shooting %s stayed almost exactly the same but his turnovers went up and up to over 2 per game. his blocks and steals never changed (dunleavy averages the same number of blocks per game). tony parker and tj ford are not cp3 as far as passers/making teammates better type players so i would not read to much into west. he reminds me of shawn marion, good numbers with steve nash, not so much with other PGS. shows what a good PG can really do for a team.
@KrisPittman one last thing on david west, i see west as a richard jefferson type situation with out the hot girlfriend left at the alter and small ears, he has kinda fooled people into thinking he is worth a contract, and i agree we cant afford him UNLESS we traded half our youth to get him.