For basketball fans, players, and owners around the world, Christmas Day will be much brighter this year, as the NBA has announced a tentative agreement in principle on November 26, 2011. After 15-hours of negotiations that began on “Black Friday”, both sides finally came to an agreement at approximately 3 A.M. in New York.
Though both sides didn’t get exactly what they wanted out of the negotiations, both are satisfied, as the owner’s were able to shrink the players’ initial Basketball Related Income (B.R.I) from 57 percent down to an estimated number between 50-51 percent. There are still B-side issues like age limit, drug testing, D-League, etc to be discussed in future meetings when a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) will come into fruition.
As of now, here is a rundown of the potential new season:
- Free Agency and Training camps will both begin on December 9th, that means while players and coaching staff begin work for the 2011-12’ season, agents and front office personnel will be contacting free agents and discussing new deals.
- The opening of the season is set to begin on December 25th, Christmas Day. There will be a triple-header as the Boston Celtics play the New York Knicks, the Dallas Mavericks receive their Championship rings as they face the Miami Heat in a rematch of last years finals, and the Chicago Bulls open in Los Angeles against the Lakers.
Now, here’s a current rundown of the 12 Spurs under contract:
-Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Richard Jefferson, Tiago Splitter, Matt Bonner, Gary Neal, DeJuan Blair, James Anderson, Antonio McDyess, Danny Green, and Da’Sean Butler.
The Spurs have two rookies whom are waiting to sign their contracts in Kawhi Leonard and Cory Joseph. That would put the team at 14-players under contract.
Antonio McDyess was on the verge of retiring when the season ended last year. Parker, Green, Butler, and Splitter are all overseas right now playing in different leagues. Parker had just experienced a shoulder injury and Splitter only played a few games with Valencia. Green is in Slovenia and Butler was only on a two-week tryout period with his team in Europe. All players are expected to return to the Spurs now that the lockout has ended.
If McDyess does retire, then that would leave the Spurs with 13 filled-roster spots as of December 9th. With 13-spots, the Spurs have an opportunity to look into the free agent pool that would be worse than a circus with the rushed timing. Various outlets have also indicated that an amnesty provision will be included in the new CBA so that could mean Jefferson’s contract could be bought out in the coming season.
Here are some Spurs players reactions on Twitter upon hearing the lockout had ended:
Richard Jefferson: “Thank you fans for the support. Looking forward to bring a championship to San Antonio this season. #SPURS #CHAMPS”
Cory Joseph: “Lockout is over!!! Last time the lockout ended the spurs won the championship. Let's hope history repeats itself #GoTime”
Danny Green: “I think we jus made a DEAL! Ppl better not b playing wit my emotions lol”
Manu Ginobili: “I turned on the phone and msgs saying "end of the lockout" start popping! Is it true? Gotta keep reading...”
As for the scheduling, it’s unknown if games will be cut from the end of the season and start from the original lineup or vice-versa. More details will continue to be released in the coming days and we here at Project Spurs are excited to bring you the most coverage during the 2011-12’ San Antonio Spurs season as we had been doing during the NBA lockout.
So for now, be joyful that basketball will live in America. Rest your vocal pipes because on Christmas Day it’s time to say, “GO SPURS GO!”
It's nice to see fans here are the ones who really wanna win rather than stats lovers like some sites. It's still unclear that how the amnesty clause will function but it's really the best time to trade TP for a decent bigman or two! We've had most successful history of using the Twin towers strategy in the past and I think it's the best strategy for us, not run n' gun like last season! If we really wanna give TD a ring before he retires, just like the Admiral, we've gotta make the trade happen! With or Without RJ included in the deal !
“Thank you fans for the support. Looking forward to bring a championship to San Antonio this season, this guy is so delusional, it's pathetic, even if we do win the whole shebang, it's not gonna be because of this loser, hes probably gonna be riding the pine in the 4th quarter of a big playoff game like he always does. i hope the spurs cut him and get some bum off the street, than the bum could actually have an excuse for playing like one.
Has anyone thought about this? even if we release RJ courtesy of "Amnesty clause" we're still over cap, why would we pay him and not have him on the roster???
Is he worse than Green? or Butler?
I think he played better than any current small forward on our roster last season. He improved his 3 pt shooting % to over 40%, and he didn't seem tentative to me. We just relied too much on 3pt shooting and against Memphis we shot around 30%??? I don't think RJ is the problem with our team.
We all know we need a legitimate Center (maybe a Tyson Chandler?) Honestly I don't think we have the luxury to allow tiago to develop into a semi-decent center 4 years from now!
I'm not too worried about back up pointguard, I think the way our system is run Manu can take the load and we can shift James Anderson to SG if Tony needs rest, we have enough quality (on paper) wing players not to be too concerned with back up PG.
but Please please go out there and get a center that is not 6'7" and can hold his position in the post and block once in a while.
GO SPURS GO
so glad the NBA is back! can't wait to see the Silver & Black back in action! curious to see how this free agent frenzy will turn out now with this new deal. might be a few sneaky moves from R.C. and Pop, hopefully. :) welcome back, NBA! GO SPURS GO!!!
I wake up at about 10:30 AM, go brush my teeth, check to see what's in the fridge, find two left over dollar burgers, heat it up in the m-wave, eat and go back into my room. I turn on my laptop, feeling the impact of stress knowing I have to work and I have tons of papers i need to type for college. Life sucks right now. Yahoo is my homepage and the first think I see is, "Tentative deal struck to end NBA lockout." A smile widens, my eyes lit up, I chuckle, skim through the article, and let out a big sigh of relief. My day has been made! Of course, I then come here to my favorite Spurs blog site.
Kawhi Leonard can show his wares. Good luck! Hope Mcdyess retires, RJefferson dumped and the spurs sign at least 2 pf and a pg.
@shawnthefreak thanks for the compliment dude. I don't mind stats but sometimes it's just all that math is just stating the obvious.
@Spursforever69 yea, Trevor of Project Spurs brought that up before about being over the cap still even if we used the amnesty clause on RJ. that's why assuming the amnesty clause can still be used after this season, it would be smart to keep RJ this season and then use the clause after the season since we would be under the cap then (since Timmy's contract expires after this season).
@rtesoro440 i would rather have a decent center over 2 PFs myself. maybe one of each. also hoping tonys shoulder is good, manus ankles are good, and neal can continue to hit open shots. hope tims knees can hold up also. from what im hearing/reading 66 games squeezed in, so there are going to be a lot more back to backs and short breaks. this season is goig to be a tough season on the older players like tim and manu. mcdyess BETTER retire and they better have a finley rule like the last one so we can drop RJs contract. spurs are still not going to be in great shape money wise till next season when TDs contract dumps but we can hope and have faith in RC/pop
@RG8907@Spursforever69 ok so someone explain this to me, from what i read (more then likely miss understood) if we waived a player via amnesty their salary does not count toward the cap. you still have to pay him until he is signed by another team for what ever amount then you only have to pay the difference. now that said, the spurs are currently projected to be around 73 mil with dyess and rjs contracts. waiving rj would (if i understand correctly) take his 9+ of that, then dyess retiring would take his 5+ off as well. that would take the spurs down 14 mil to about 59 mil. (actually slightly under that) so we would be right at or just under the cap but 10+ under the tax (provided the numbers stay close to the same) from what i understand there will be a mid level for around 5 mil and being under or at the cap would allow us to trade for a more expensive player correct? and with all that money saved next season if we waited who would we realisticly be able to land? the only 3 players with any game left at that time would be chris paul, dwight howard, and chris kaman. now there is NO WAY howard or paul come to the spurs regardless of the money. not after what the heat did, those guys want to play with big stars in a bigger market. kaman isnt going to be a big money guy the spurs could contend with. see i just dont see much out there to spend all that money on next year.
@Spursforever69@RG8907 well 1st prince is 31 yrs old, and is under contract for 11+ mil this season (2011-2012), second hill was due to sign an extension and get off his rookie contract soon which was not going to be cheap. the spurs would find themselves in a similar situation to the rockets last season where they would have a high paid PG, and a high paid back up PG. either hill or parker would have to go, now while i would have prefered to trade parker as hill can score, pass, AND defend where as parker scores, passes some times and doesnt defend all that well. leonard is a FREAK with his arms/hands and has the potential to be a dennis rodman type defender/rebounder. the spurs biggest weakness the last couple seasons has been perimeter defense and KL SHOULD help remedy that issue. now the spurs can focus on getting a big man who can defend and/or getting splitter up to par with the nba.
now the spurs could go after a guy like battier with midlevel money but he is most likely going to the thunder. from what i have read a few times is he and durant have been "twittering" back and forth about how much shane would like to play in OKC, and KD asked him what size jersey and if he wanted #31 still. (i also thought this type of courtship was not allowed by league rules. wasnt there an investigation into the meetings james/wade/bosh had before they signed together?)
@JohnAbney yea i've seen the list and i think the 2012 free agency has a bit more options than this year. but there are some good options for this season, so the Spurs could try and see what kind of moves they can make. i'm more focused on that now. i guess we'll see what happens when free agency officially begins.
if mcdyess retires then the spurs will be under the tax thus getting the full midlevel and not the "mini-mid" and dropping RJ along with trading a couple of players or a sign and trade deal for someone like chandler or nene would work and keep us close to or under the tax level.
Spursforever69, like i said in my last post above, assuming you can use the amnesty clause up until the 2012-13 season, i would keep RJ for this season, and if he doesn't work out again, use the clause on him in the 2012 offseason because we will be under the cap then since his contract will be gone (i'm assuming someone else will sign him as he still has some value) and Timmy's contract will be expired by then.
and if Nene wants that kind of money, i'm sure a lottery-bound team with cap space would surely give that to him, but he says he wants to win a title, and if he wants that, he's gonna have to take less than 10 mil wherever he goes. and to me, for this shortened season, i think we just need a decent big man, and it does not have to be Nene.
@JohnAbney@RG8907@Spursforever69 The cap is projected to be the same as last year which is about 58, even after releasing Dyess we'll be over cap. The mid-level exception rule has changed, if your team is a tax paying team you get "mini mid-level exception" which is around 3.1 M (about 2 M less than they typical mid-level exception). Are you guys really think we can sign anyone better than RJ for 3.1M? and still pay RJ to go somewhere else?
Reality is we need to somehow created 10-12M to have a shot at Nene or a little bit less for Chandler, unless we trade a Tony parker, that won't happen! I'm not saying trading Tony is a viable option anymore, I would have rather kept George Hill's low salary, traded parker and got a Nene and some SF for his value.
On Spending money next year, our talent level keeps depreciating as the years go by as the cliche says the Spurs are the big-3, and that's true! we simply cannot afford to let this season go and figure something out next season.