Last week, it was reported that the San Antonio Spurs, along with the world champion Miami Heat, were interested in recently amnestied forward Andray Blatche. Some fans reacted excitedly, some threw up in their mouth and others shrugged their shoulders. Sure, the Spurs need another big, but Blatche is known as a knucklehead. A super talented knucklehead, but a knucklehead nonetheless. Well those of you that had to wash back some vomit rest easy, Washington Post reporter Michael Lee writes Blatche isn't signing with anyone yet.
"San Antonio and Miami have both reportedly expressed exploratory interest in Blatche but teams have yet to make a serious pitch to employ the former Wizard, according to a source with knowledge of the situation."
I'm in the shoulder shrug category on Blatche. Yes, he's a real talent but I don't know how well he'd fit with the Spurs. No, I don't think his knucklehead tendencies would have affect team chemistry in any way. If he doesn't work out, he doesn't work out. If he does then great, the Spurs got a steal in free agency.
Another interesting name Lee mentioned that the Wizards were interested in is former Spur for a minute Anthony Tolliver. Tolliver played with the Timberwolves the last couple of years (you might remember him as the guy who broke Manu Ginobili's hand last year) and seems like he'd be an ideal fourth or fifth big for this Spurs team. He's a good but not great pick and roll defender and can hit an outside shot. There has been absolutely no word on the Spurs and Tolliver, but I wouldn't be surprised to hear a link if summer turns in to fall and Tolliver is still looking for a job and the Spurs are still looking for a 15th guy to fill their roster.
My sense is that Blatche would be a good addition to the Spurs, and would raise the level of his game. I wouldn't mind Anthony Tolliver being signed, but at some point, either Bonner and/or Blair has to go. Both players should be able to bring the Spurs back some value. Bonner can shoot as well as Steve Novak who re-signed with the Knicks. Plenty of teams should be attracted to Blair's great offensive rebounding and non-stop motor. I am little puzzled why the Spurs can never get any takers unless our asking price is too high. There are plenty of overpaid NBA players who deliver less value to their teams than Bonner and Blair.
Nobody knows when the Spurs make a move. They are so MONEY conscious that no guess is good enough. Andray Blatche? Who knows? If he accepts an amount whch the Spurs see fit, he will be signed. So the Warriors has taken in Carl Landry. The Spurs missed the chance to trade Blair. But they asked too much, a ist round draftee no less. They got nothing. Ha ha ha! What about Bonner, Neal and the 4 point guards? Well, the Spurs all love them. They have the right height.
Michael Lee can never, ever produce a supposed source. Let’s think about it: Do you really think that Blatche or his agent is sharing that kind of info with a Washington Post writer? Would you think that the Spurs are going to share their intent with a Washington DC paper and not the San Antonio Express? Would Miami bypass the Herald in favor of the Washington Post. You are best served to ignore anything coming from Lee and base your opinions on facts.
@Coxcr20 I'd rather see Howard shipped off to the Bobcats for all of their 'talent' and some picks. It would be HILARIOUS to watch him toil there with no help for a year