Since the Spurs season ended, fans and writers alike have been playing armchair GM trying to predict the changes in store before next season starts.
One name that has come up recently, has been that of Nuggets center Nene. The 6-11 Brazilian is expected to opt out of the last year of his contract with the Nuggets, worth about $11.6 million.
With Antonio McDyess leaning towards retirement, and Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol exposing the Spurs' weaknesses up front, Nene would certainly be a more than welcome addition.
But is Nene in San Antonio even possible?
In a post on SpursNation today, Tim Griffin said in order for Nene to even be an option, Tim Duncan would have to exercise his early termination option.
It’s uncertain whether Spurs majority owner Peter Holt would authorize the big payment that Nene likely would command.
The Spurs would likely need for Duncan to exercise his early-termination option this summer and sign a longer-term deal for less money to give the Spurs the financial flexibility to even think about signing a player like Nene — or anybody else of his level for that matter.
Aside from Duncan exercising his ETO and Holt agreeing to the deal, there has to be a season in order for this to even be an option.
But if the Spurs can make it happen, they'll have a double-double machine to shore up the frontcourt with Tim Duncan, while DeJuan Blair and Nene's countryman Tiago Splitter come off the bench.
A silver and black dream indeed.
It will be great to have Nene because Tiago is not ready yet for being a starter.Dwight is not a good option coz it wil cause Spurs a lot of money.Dwight compared to Nene in terms of free throws and field goal percentage,i would pick Nene if coach Popovich is best finding talents that would play with Timmy.Keep in mind Timmy won't retire yet and prone to injuries,just as the excuses of coach Pop when they lost to memphis..OKC is doing great job in contesting shots of Zach coz they got Perkins & Ibaka.So if i were Popovich i would read all these comments coz a lot of fans were dissappointed of the loss to OKC.
I forgot about Marc Gasol (free agent) I think Tyson Chandler as well or even Deandre Jordan (Clippers) just a few options.
Nene Hilario or Timofey Mozgov (both from Denver) would be great, two physical bigs in the paint. But there's also Robin Lopez,Jason Thompson out there as well or go for the home run with Gregg Oden,Dwight Howard don't forget we need a defensive wing Wilson Chandler,Mickael Pietrus are good fits.I believe some of the player's i just mentioned have team or player options I know it all sounds like a pipe dream but i never thought the Lakers could trade shaq to Miami or even worst the Lakers getting Pau Gasol for basically free deals can be made with keeping your core intact and some role players but i feel they need to add some more bigs with Splitter to improve it could be old Spurs basketball DEFENSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! controlling the paint offensively and defensively not shooting a bunch of 3's.
i think Nene would be a perfect fit if we could get him, and it's slightly possible. anything is possible. Timmy would have to opt out, and even then, my bet is that Timmy will opt out either way because if the lockout does occur, he'll lose all that money left on that 2012 contract.
A real dream would be getting Dwight Howard.... Maybe a sign and trade if that is still possible after the new cba... I think we need to be honest with ourselves and understand that there will be next to nothing in the free agent market... We hardly ever sign anyone in the offseason... I think that has to do with the fact that we are just not an attractive market and to play for us you have to be a class act. We draft the best of the best but sign second rate players. The last player that we signed that was a big deal at the time was Michael Finley. Anybody else? Makes you wonder if we made a mistake by not trading Ginobili for Amare... I love Ginobili and I never want to let our MVP go but Amare and Duncan in the paint wouldve been sick... I really think our biggest trade chips are Blair and RJ.... Not much there...
@JosephPais amare is much like RJ, in the respect that he NEEDS a pass 1st point guard, his style doesnt fit our drive and kick style, and he tends to be in the way in those type of situations. he also plays zero defense, and is a whinney crybaby. he has no class and would not likely buy into the way pop works. he fits right in with steve nash, and mike "porn stache" dantoni.
i think it was the right choice by not trading Ginobili for Amar'e. let's not forget here, as much as he is an offensive threat, he still plays no D, and look at what happen to the Knicks in the playoffs. and like you said, you love Ginobili, just as i do and a whole lot of other fans too. he can do the little things that i honestly think that Amar'e can't do.
It would be great to have him, but it would be too much to lose inthe way of trades. On another topic, i am having trouble in who to root for in the mavs -lakers series, lol, wish they could both lose.
there are so many "ifs" to this that i really doubt it happens. there are to many teams looking who would have more money, houston especially. nene has always kinda wanted to be the man and in houston he would be the man. when is the last day tim can opt out? june 30? when will we know if a lock out is gonna happen? i would love to see tim take one for the team like my best friend takin the grenade at the bar so i always get the hot chick, but i get the feeling he isnt gonna do it. dyess NEEDS to retire, he just cant handle the wear any more and has nothing to prove. RJ needs to be packaged up with bonner and shipped to a team with a pass 1st pg (suns pietrus, hill, and a trade exception for amare)??????
ok done rambling i have about 90000 spurs thoughts in my head and i am torn, to root for the whack jobs in dallas over the jackasses in LA or not. either way i think the winner of the griz/thunder series goes to the nba finals.