In an interview this morning with Ticket 760 AM in San Antonio, San Antonio Spurs' GM R.C. Buford said the team would attempt to build via trade and not through the draft or free agency which is the team's traditional route.
This is big news coming from the Spurs who have always taken a pretty conservative approach to acquiring talent.
With Tony Parker's recent comments regarding the Spurs ability to win the title and him being the Spurs most trade-able asset, he would have to be the most likely player involved in such a trade to get premium talent back. And if they do trade, Spurs fans are hoping it will be a quality big man. Something they been severely lacking as was evident in the playoffs versus Memphis.
Not to mention if they do consider Parker as trade bait, sitting on the bench is another capable point guard - George Hill.
What do you think about this news Spurs fans? What trade scenarios would you like to see?
(via: Pounding the Rock)
I am getting tired of Parker's comments very post season. While I appreciate his contributions to the Spurs, if he truly feels this way (I can read French), then he never should have signed a new deal. Sign and Trade might work. I am more interested in getting another big men to assist Tim and aid further in the development of Splitter. can you imagine Two Twin Towers in the starting lineup and then off the bench another player of height with the second Tower spending time as well with the second lineup?
I do agree with POP- who cares what Tony is saying! he is after all under contract but if he wants to be moved- lets ship him out!
I would trade TP ASAP for a reliable young big man with potential. On the other hand, I won't trade RJ in the hurry 'cause he have had some good games when playing alongside Manu, TP's presence diminished many players' value on this team because his poor passing skill, bad decision making and shoot-first mentality. I'll start Manu at PG and Hill at SG and see how RJ progress during the season. In fact RJ played pretty well when TP was injured last year.
I personally think he will at least have better numbers with the departure of TP and with Manu handling the ball most of the time, RJ may find his life much easier, especially on offensive ends. If we can get a quality big man in exchange for TP and draft a capable backup point guard via draft then we can still content this coming season.
I think trading TP would be a big mistake unless we are doing a sign and trade and get a real PG like Chris Paul and give New Orleans RJ and some picks as well. But we are lacking a true center so I say we pick up Kirilenko in free agency to help fill that void. Don't undervalue Parker... The guy is a superstar no matter what he says about the team. He is a winner and a finals mvp I wouldn't trade him unless we get someone like Paul in return.
Quality 2 way big men are harder to find than point guards. Trade whomever (TP, RJ, Hill, Neal, Anderson, Butler, etc.) for a quality big (Nene, Marc Gasol, Tyson Chandler, Dwight Howard) or VERY high draft pick (like 4 or above). I still think TP to the Cavs for their 4th pick allows them to pick up Derrick Williams w/ the #1 pick and get an championship caliber PG. Spurs get Kanter or someone of that nature...
I would like to see Nene come to the Spurs along with USC's Vulejic (name is misspelled) whom I saw play against UCLA (I am UCLA graduate).
Ridding themselves of RJ (NJ or Twolves anyone?) would be of strong benefit.
And since Parker believs Spurs cannot win again, so be it- ship off to Twolves or NJ or GS! for draft picks or another player)
very interesting to hear R.C. talk about trading, but again, there's the word "attempt", so there's always a good chance that they won't do a trade. if that is the case, though, i hope it can be something with RJ in it because i still think we can have one more shot at contending with the Big 3. with this current roster? no, but with a few changes to the role players, and i think we could. again, trading RJ would be very difficult unless, and i hate to say, we add other players and/or draft picks.
The RJ experiement has run its course and he certainly needs to go - but the very same thing can be said for Bonner. In fact, considering the numerous playoff failings he's had and the new contract given to both him and RJ, they both need to be packaged for the first fair value offer the Spurs can get in return.
I would love to trade t.p & r.j for the timberwolves 2nd draft pick .Now that they have rubio coming over, who better to show that young club some veteran leadership other than two spurs who have made the finals multiple times? we could easily nab Enes Kanter and have our front court solidified for the next few years. our starting pg position would take a significant dip even if someone stepped up (no one can fill t.p's shoes yet). but at least we would shed two big contracts. we could even get another player in the free agency.
As much as the numbers bear our that George is equally (or moreso) production with the current cast, that is in his current role coming off the bench, with lots of rest. I (and I'm sure most of you) would much rather see us trade RJ. I think that's more likely the direction Pop&RC are going. We have a lot of tools to do the trade, but the wrench we don't needs is the lockout.
@Ironwill71 I agree. RJ NEEDS to go but what team will take that monster contract he has?
@JeffProjectSpurs We'd have to sweeten it... draft picks, other players, exceptions, unless there's an "extra" big man out there that fits and has a big contract. Or we could negotiate a buyout. Every year RJ stays with us he loses value... on the right team he could be gaining it. He doesn't have a whole lot of years left to get a big deal, and he knows it isn't coming from us.