The San Antonio Spurs have announced that they have waived forward Derrick Byars.
Byars was signed out of the D-League by the Spurs in late April and played in two games for the Spurs, averaging five points and 5.5 rebounds per game in under 20 minutes.
The 6-7 forward from Vanderbilt played for the Spurs summer league squad and failed to make much of an impact. Back when he was signed, I questioned the Spurs' move in bringing in yet another tweener on a roster full of players who could play at shooting guard and small forward.
With Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, Stephen Jackson, Matt Bonner, Boris Diaw and Manu Ginobili all able to spend time at small forward, and with the stockpile of guards, the Spurs likely felt he was the odd man out.
This move could also signal the chances that the Spurs want to give James Anderson another shot in training camp after his impressive performance and work ethic in Vegas. It could also be a roster spot-cutting move in case they are looking to bring aboard a big man.
Byars will likely land in another teams' training camp. He hasn't had much success making it past preseason, so hopefully he has better chances this time.
Frist,thanks for considering my point of view-new to this forum.Secound,you might be right but I think it would be wrong for the Spurs to do this because besides the clutch shooting,the spurs have the tendency to go cold as a group in their shooting & it was Neal that would start hitting a few shots & the spurs would gain their confidence back & regain their ability to be competative.Let see what happens.
@jhhein If it happens at all, it's probably more likely to happen around the deadline imo..and Blair is actually the only one supposedly on the block now..and welcome aboard
I am in total agreement that we need a big,but I think a team makes a trade only to get better.This is way some teams always find a way to get better and other do not.Some parts of a team you do not trade unless you know your getting better value then your letting go & some roles & role player are very hard to replace.Case in point,just ask yourself how many really true cluch shooter the NBA has had-not many & the teams that have them are the ones that usally win champenships.Neal is to inportant in the big picture of things to let go-find your trade with other players.
Trade Neal,only spurs player with ice water in his veins when it comes to a big shot when a playoff game is on the line-please people,letsstart seeing the big picture!
@Spursfan66 @jhhein my thoughts exactly, I just couldn't reply earlier at work. Clutch shots aren't required as much as a big that can defend the paint. We can be clutch without neal. Sjax hits some pretty big shots.
@Spursfan66 @jhhein Just like they did with George Hill. Plus the article above this one is about how, even though 2012 draftee, Denmon is playing in France the Spurs are stilling keeping tabs on him. They are even planning on sending assistants to observe his progress. That has to make you think that Neal isn't going to be around much longer, as Denmon was billed as his replacement.
@jhhein @spursfan80 jhhein, I agree Neal is clutch, and there's value there.I think one reason why he may get traded is because Spurs suspect he will get better offers than they will be willing to spend on him this summer, same as Blair. So it makes sense to try to get something for him before trade deadline. I'm not really advocating his trade now. Better to see what he does in start of season imo. But that said, if we could get a guy like Pat Patterson for him and Blair, I'm all for it.(referring to the PP trade out there) PP would fill more of a need imo since he's big enough to play in the playoffs, actually has a better upside than blair, and we are chock full of guards right now (and virtually all of them are better defenders than Neal)
@spursfan80 @Spursfan66 @jhhein Good point, but no player is "on" a 100 percent of the time,therefore the need for Neal & I am not of the opinion that you break one part of the game ot fix another part of the game. This would be like taking one step forward & then taking one step backwards-you end up in the same place with another kind of problem & next year we all will be writing about where we can find the next "Big shot Rob".
With Byars waived, the Spurs have 13 players in the lineup. In the meantime why don't they sign Blatche with austin toros to prove he can play. Making good there could be his ticket to the Spurs lineup.
@rtesoro440 The only way to get a big is either through a trade (Neal/Blair-the writing is on the wall) or several more players get waived. I doubt the 2nd option. Someone is getting traded real soon.
Ask Spursfan66. He doesn't like to trade/waive anybody.
@rtesoro440 @Titletown99030507 lol Ignorant ASSumption rt. I've clearly said I'm for DJB/Neal/Bonner getting traded if it returns something. But no, I'm not for waiving players with trade value, especially if it doesn't get team below cap..only a moron would do that, which explains why you are for it.
Byars (who I predicted would be let go), was likely waived to open a roster spot. THAT makes sense as he had virtually NO trade value.
@rtesoro440 Wrong again TD,TP,KL,BD,TS,GN,MG,MB,DJB,CJ,DG,SJ,NDC,PM = 14
@WOWWOWBAD I think if blatche were willing to sign for minimum $ that it wiuld be worth the risk of going into slight luxury tax. Plus there is talk of neal/blair for patterson trade with Houston. I don't what he is set to make, but their salaries would come off the books.
@spursfan80 @WOWWOWBAD P Patterson is at 2 mil 97k this year and has team option at 3 mil 100k the next year (and QO the following year would be 4.3 mil)(according to hoopshype and they aren't always correct)
DJB is 1mil 54k this yr and neal is 854k Trade machine says trade works and salaries are about $190,000 difference
@WOWWOWBAD They have vet minimums available