After word came out early this morning that the San Antonio Spurs and Boris Diaw had agreed upon a new two year deal, Yahoo Sports!' Johhny Ludden is reporting that the Spurs have reached a three-year agreement with Tim Duncan and a new deal with Patty Mills.
Ludden states that Duncan's new deal will be similar to Kevin Garnett's 36-million dollar deal over in Boston, and there isn't any details on Mills' new deal at the moment.
Ludden also wrote that the Spurs intend to bring in French guard Nando De Colo as Project Spurs has been reporting over the last three weeks.
With Duncan and Mills back on board with Diaw and Danny Green, the Spurs have managed to bring back every core player from last season.
With James Anderson being the only player who probably won't return and De Colo taking his slot, the Spurs will have one extra spot on their bench to put the team at 15-players.
Could that last piece be one free agent out on the market? Or will disgruntled forward DeJuan Blair be traded in the future? Only time will tell.
What if the spurs got Javale McGee, either through FA or sign and trade? He has the size and youth to help the spurs. Despite the lowlight reel we've all seen, he played well in Denver with a winning team, maybe he could improve with Duncan by his side.
@sgscharger Uh....McGee is 7 feet but ..UH...No. He has NO BASKETBALL IQ.
@sgscharger Who would you trade to get him? And you have to assume he commands at least 12 mil yr imo. And keep in mind, Nugs are a savvy bunch..they wont take scraps/knuckleheads for a good player, so u can pretty much forget jax as a 10 mil chip in your scenario..and other than him, what combo of players would entice them? I think you're getting my point...HIGHLY unlikely. As a counter, since it sounds like wiz may be actually using amnesty on Blatch (and you already inquired about another similar not-so-smart guy like Javale ;) would you consider him as an alternative? Otherwise you pretty much have to bank on only being able to get a D league type to get another big imo..thoughts?
@sgscharger I've been wanting mcgee to come to sa for a long time..that would be a nice pick up..let's go get him spurs
Anyone heard anything about any team offering JA anything yet? Kinda hoping he gets none and Spurs could give him 1 more shot..Would surely h8 to see him go somewhere like Mavs and THEN come around
@Spursfan66 JA is not coming back. He will have better opportunity playing and getting paid with other teams, why coming back here warming the bench? He clearly is talent, the Spurs just don't know how to use it. He looks like have star potential when he was drafted. The Spurs ruined his talent anyway.
@Spursfan66 I bet you still wish we had Ian Mahinmi too, right?
I was JA's biggest fan his rookie season, but he had his chances and then demanded a trade when it didn't pan out. I assume you've been following the Spurs for a while so you know that once a player asks for a trade... he usually gets it.
@russman138 You know what they say about Assumptions, right? No Yawn fan here..and frankly, what I read of JA "trade demand" was that it came from JAs agent NOT JA himself, which would be a common occurrence tbh (see batums agent). And although I agree he had SOME chances, my point was simply that if he could be had for around minimum for another year, I dont see it as a bad move..stranger things have happened than a guy finally turning the corner albeit a bit later than we all would have hoped. Obviously though, if someone better could fill his spot, then great. Question is, do you think Denmon for instance would be more likely to come in better than what JA may? Its always a bit of a crapshoot.
@Spursfan66 You're very right on the crapshoot...Although Kawhi was one that I believed would be ready out the gate and thank God he came through.
With JA it was definitely hard with his injury and then a lockout season to follow. But I can't help but feel like he doesn't want to be here since he asked for the trade..so I'm all for seein' him out the door.
And I wouldn't compare Batum's agent to JA's - two very different scenarios with two very different players and situations.
as ive said before, i think neal is gona start riding the end of the bench or he's gona be trade bait. i know people want another big but to be honest with diaw back i think the big man rotation is set. i see diaw and duncan starting with tiago off the bench and bonner playing the last big/10 minute filler. in all honesty im fine with bonner because he fits the spurs offensive scheme and especially with diaw coming back we can keep him as instant offense off the bench IF NEEDED. we no longer need him to play big minutes as our only stretch big, not to mention jax can play the 4 if needed and fill that stretch 4 position in certain situations. de colo and mills make it more obvious that something is gona happen with neal. there's absolutely no reason to sign both, let alone sign mills to a contract probably bigger than neal if we're not gona use him. i think we're gona have the same starters as the end of last year with manu off the bench and mills and de colo fighting for that last pg spot but de colo winning out cause he can play the 2 as well. as for neal, i think he's trade bait along with blair. My prediction? neal and blair or neal/blair/bonner get shopped around for a stretch 4 or a defensive 4 who can hit a consistent 15 ft jumper. our pg rotation will be parker/mills and sg will be green/manu with de colo playing either whenever the team goes small. our sf spot is set. tim and splitter have a training camp for pop to figure out how to use them both making it more likely that we will have our three solid bigs with bonner as the odd 10-15 minute man. so yeah theres my prediction.
Same players, same result? Hope the Spurs find a way to sign a big man. They need it!
@aespurs How could you be FINE with Bonner? I love and hate him more and more every season.. with the hate usually coming during the playoffs.
im fine with him in the case of him playing 10 minutes a game as instant offense. I love/hate him as well. but the biggest reason i would hate him wasnt necessarily him but the fact we had to rely on him for 20-25 min/game. its too much to ask him to play his offense and try on defense for that long every single game. I remember one regular season game where his face was as red as his hair and he was drenched from sweat cause he was playing his ass off and he did amazing...but then he didnt have another game like that for another month. so im fine with him if we maintain how long hes out there and now with diaw thats exactly what we can do. not to mention pop can learn how to play tiago and tim together now since theres more time to practice it so if you add that all together thats three solid big guys while at the same time we limit bonners minutes
@aespurs I've made that same argument to other people over and over in the past couple of years. "Bonner is good at what he does (spreading the floor/terrific outside shooting) as long as he plays less than 15 mpg than he's worth the roster slot and price tag etc etc etc etc..."
But in the playoffs? He averaged 12 minutes with just over 2 points per game = / Look even deeper and you'll see that specifically in the Conference Finals he played about 11 minutes a game and averaged LESS than 1 pt a game and shot an abysmal 14%
I'm so over Bonner
@aespurs You could be right
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