Yesterday, the San Antonio Spurs were very active working the phone lines as they were reported to have been in contact with the agents of three free agent small forwards Josh Howard, Maurice Evans, and Bostjan Nachbar.
On Wednesday, the first free agent the team had a level of interest in was Dallas Mavericks' free agent Caron Butler. Now according to David Aldridge's Hangtime Blog on NBA.com, the Spurs have emerged as a strong suitor for Butler.
The San Antonio Spurs have emerged as a strong suitor for free agent forward Caron Butler, according to a source.
Though the Chicago Bulls are still the favorite to land Butler, the article said the Spurs and Mavericks are still in the hunt. Per Aldridge's sources, Butler will be meeting with the Bulls in the next few days before exploring other options.
Aldridge also explains why Butler could fit in with San Antonio's system.
San Antonio could be looking for a replacement for veteran Richard Jefferson, who has struggled in his first two seasons there after being acquired in the summer of 2009. Butler would be a perfect fit in the no-nonsense Spurs’ locker room, and with Tim Duncan entering the last year of his contract, and guards Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili on the backside of their careers, San Antonio is preparing to transition quickly from the post-Duncan era with a new core group including guard Gary Neal, center Tiago Splitter, forward/center DeJuan Blair and rookie forward Kawhi Leonard, acquired in a Draft night trade with Indiana for guard George Hill.
As training camps set to open next week, it'll be interesting to see what moves the Spurs make in free agency and potentially in the trade market.
look guys, we know we need another big man, i agree, but if the Spurs are making a serious push for Butler, i'm pretty certain a couple of the perimeter players we have are probably going to be cut, and as i've said in my last few comments on this site, my instincts tell me that RJ might be gone, either by the amnesty clause, or perhaps by trade, which i would hope that would lead to getting at least another big man. we'll have to wait and see.that's all we can say until Dec. 9.
why are they looking for what they have most of?..ive said greg oden but i think the offer is 8 million from the blazers not to sure but thats way to much...ramon sessions and jason thompson were being talked about spurs getting them but their not even free agents i dont think but i would like them...one person who i think would fit great is carlos arroyo who is a free agent and i think we can get him real cheap plus he was playing good for miami as an off the ball pg at times so manu can handle the ball and he was shooting at over 40 percent from 3...just putting it out there
@scottmer.. i'll tell you right now, scottmer, last i heard was that the Blazers are offering Oden $8.8 million, so yea, i would not pay that much for a risky guy like Oden, even if we had the cap space.
What the spurs need now is pf/c not sf Unless they wiave green and butler, another sf is redundant. Try greg oden or j mcrobert for a change.