As we reported last week, San Antonio Spurs draftee Adam Hanga was going to be coming to San Antonio to workout for two weeks with the Spurs. Well, Hanga himself has confirmed the report by providing pictures of himself in San Antonio (via his Twitter and Facebook account) since last week.
As those of us know who live in San Antonio, it's not your typical bus-to-bus, train-to-train city. You need a vehicle to get from point A to point B when downtown can be almost 15-20 miles from Sea World of Texas. Here's Hanga and his ride while in San Antonio.
Next is Hanga going through a workout with the Spurs in the Spurs' practice facility.
As we also reported last week, Latvian forward Davis Bertans, whom the Spurs own his draft rights, was also coming to San Antonio for an evaluation of the progress he's made overseas. Here's a picture Hanga provided of him and Bertans having a meal together.
Up next on our gallery is another photo of Hanga working on what's presumed are some shooting drills in the practice facility.
In this next photo, Hanga explained on Facebook that Great Britain and Russia were scrimmaging at the practice facility. I'm not sure if it was their national teams though.
And last but not least, it's Adam Hanga and RYAN RICHARDS?
Just kidding, though this player looks like the Spurs' draftee Richards, it's actually a British player named Kieron Achara (H/T @Ace3G).
I guess it wasn't accidently to bring over Hanga and Bertans for short-term work out. If the managment is satisfied with Hanga' and Bertans' developing, or accomplishments then they offer them a further cooperations, and might sign them in season 13-14. It means as we may suppose deeply that we just need to get a tall, strong- , powerful center who can lead his way to rim strong, with full of energy. That's what could resolve the lack of the spurs....getting a speedy big draft pick.
The Spurs have always played deep. What are they up to now, bringing in all the Europeans? What tricks do coach Pop, GM Buford and Mr. Holt have up their slleves? Are they drafting or not in the ist round? They are so quiet. 2 days to the draft and not a clue what they will do..Definitely they need to reload. They are only a bit old but, undersized they are.. It is foregone conclusion that TD is staying so no planning is needed. Jackson? Splitter? Green? Blair? If Mgnt is planning to move these pieces, rumors undoubtedly will come out. Is there a Kawhi Leonard they are targeting? Their scouts are quiet. I don't know, honestly, how the brains of these men work but, they are, definitely, aware of the weaknesses of the team. It is no secret that their priority is finding a long, youner, talented, athletic player, which Splitter failed to provide. Lorbek? I doubt very much whether not not he can fill the shoes. HE IS 28 yrs old and he come from the same club as Splitter. If I were part of their brainstorming process, I would tackle ist thr matter of TD's contract. What much is reasonable to pay. I will offer him 2 or 3 years, $12m on the ist, $10m on the second and $7m on the last yr at the option of the Spurs. On the ist year, they save $9m. Jackson? He was signed for a ridiculously high salary. I would offer him an extension of 2 yrs including the current and a restructured salary of $7m. The Spurs now have a savings of $12m enough to sign a long, younger, athletic, and fits the Spurs' system. He he rejects the offer, shop him. Chase Budinger was traded by the Rockets fir the #18 draft pick. Is Jackson inferior to Budinger? It is doubrful. So, there is a team out there that needs a veteran leader who can guard, assist, rebound and shot the ball. I refuse to believe that only the Spurs can stand the antics of Jackson much less his history. So a ist round draft is possible and a savings of at least $8. The savings of the Spurs $17m enough for 2 free agents, which may include Andre Miller. Splitter? He has been slow in his development. Yes, he has been adequate druring the regular season but, found wanting in the western conference finals.Maybe he can be traded for the #10-15 draft picks. And, I propose to add Bonner and Anderson (sign & trade), perhaps they can move higher the board, maybe #5-9. Green? He moved from bench warmer to ist five only vanish in the western conference finals. I will encourage the Celtics to acquire him for #21-22 draft picks. Blair? He could be good but undersized. I will look for high 2nd round draft picks for him. It is hard to imagine that the Spurs'management will do any of this although, it is possible it entered their minds. Its 2 days to draft day, what are the plans of the Spurs?
@rtesoro440 Did you get that also from BR? They aren't telling you just like they always do. To remind you Splitter isn't going anywhere this season. This is the year either Pop uses him or lets him go to another team for next years draft. You obviously haven't got a clue about Splitter. Timmy disappeared in 3 of those OKC games in the 1st half and it was difficult for him to make up for it in the 2nd half of those games. Too little too late. Look at his box scores in the 1st half of 3 of those games. Why you blaming everything on Splitter when he only averaged 5 minutes in the series and only played 3 games? You need to leave Splitter out of the conversation and address the culprits Blair, Bonner and Green they are the ones that did worse in that series. Why don't you watch the games and follow the box scores, stats in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarters. And what happens in a series for a person that averages 5 minutes playing time does not represent what he's capable of doing or has done in the regular season. With the 15 minutes he averaged in the regular season and did fairly well does not compare to a 5 minute stint in a playoff game. Do I need to reminde you he's our 2nd best big on this team right now and you want to bring in 3 players to help Timmy in the front court. Pop doesn't work that way. Are you kidding you practically want to bring in 3 players in the front court to learn Pop's system. Good luck with that. What a joke. Be realistic for change. You may not want him here in San Antonio but your asking too much to get rid of Splitter, Blair, and Bonner and bring in 3 players to get acclimated with Timmy and Pop's system. Maybe next year if he becomes worse than Blair and Bonner were this year. And by the way Diaw isn't going to cure any of those problems as well. Undersized and doesn't shoot. He might as well play point guard.
@TitletownX4 @rtesoro440 While I do agree with most of your points, I'm a stickler for More correct stats. Splitter played in every wcf game at about 9 minutes a game. He only played less than 5 minutes in game 6, where he played one. Also, I dont think it's fair to point at Blair as a culprit for the thunder series as he didn't play in two of the games and did have better stats than Splitter in less playing time. Now I'm not saying to keep Blair over Splitter or than Blair is better than Splitter, I just think blaming Blair for the wcf is not right.
@TitletownX4 I totally agree. I don't mind Blair, especially as a 5th big. Bonner should never get minutes. And I agree, I feel like posters here made a snap decision and think splitter is all of a sudden worthless. But then also want to trade him for a top 5 pick. I think splitter SHOULD and WILL be on the team next year.
@Zedekiel Your right it wasn't Blair's fault in regards to the OKC series because he didn't play hardly at all but the fact still remains Blair and Bonner took significant developmental minutes away from Splitter during the regular season which could have prepared Splitter even more for the playoffs just to see one of them not play at all and the other couldn't play at all. Just trying to point out the fact to others that Splitter's worth hasn't been fully utilized. This guy is good at getting quick sneaky points. He's one of the best in the league at doing that. If they let him play his game and focus on his PNR strengths in regards to offense he can easily get 15 points a game if he gets 25 minutes or more. Now in regards to defense I'd rather have him put his long body on a tall big instead of Diaw or Blair. Bonner is good at picking up rebounds when he's in with Timmy or Splitter as you seen because those guys box out the man in the paint well enough to allow someone like Bonner or Blair to get rebounds. This season coming up is truly the tell all for Splitter. Pop needs to give him the minutes Bonner and Blair had all thru the regular season. And if he produces the same or less in more major minutes then yeah its good reason to trade him or let him go. But I don't that will be the case. Some poster around here want's him gone and if they do trade him they better get someone twice as good in return or whats the point of letting him go?
TitletownX4, I also wanted to say that I agree with you that most of Splitter's criticism is unfair.
I don't necessarily believe that Bertans or Hanga will make their way to S.A. this year, but I think the staff is doing due diligence in procuring their investments for the future. After '12-'13, the Spurs will have Manu and Jackson off the books, meaning that there will possibly be changes coming after this year. There will be lots of cap relief after expirations (also dependent on Tim's new contract; possible 1 year deal?) and the F.O. could decide to bring in all the Euros on the cheap while still having enough money to sign an All-Star or two.
@zvill22 That to me sounds like the route they are going. They may have a down year for maybe one year for the guys to get acclimated with each other that's normal but after that if that talent holds true we will be competitive. We can never replace the core3 but we can rebuild with the great scouting the Spurs FO have.
I still want a Hanga jersey, I joked Ferry needs to take Green with him to ATL so he can come.
Still would Hanga go one on one with De Colo.
The Ryan Richards joke was mean haha... my heart sunk and then came back
I really hope Adam can come over soon. He was very hungry when he left San Antonio last season and was believably eager to come back.
He's got mad up's