The San Antonio Spurs have swept the Utah Jazz in their first-round and will now wait for their next opponent which will either be the Los Angeles Clippers or the Memphis Grizzlies.
Until the Spurs hit the court again, here is an update on two possible future members of the team -- Ryan Richards and Erazem Lorbek.
As we reported here, Richards signed with Sokhumi Tbilisi in Georgia after departing the Lugano Tigers of the Swiss League and recently made his debut. In his first game with his new team, he notched a double-double with 18 points, and 10 rebounds in 26 minutes in a 82-78 win against MIA Academy.
In his second game, against MIA Academy yet again, Ryan scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds in 28 minutes in a narrow 81-79 win for Sokhumi.
Lorbek recently stated he did not know if he has been offered a contract from FC Barcelona to return next season. He went on to state he is simply focusing on the Spanish playoffs and the Euroleague Finals. Could he be on his way to the Spurs next season? Maybe according to reports.
I stopped guessing what the f/o is going to do... I just trust what they do after the fact.
I hope Richards improves much more than he has. His stats have been stagnant for 2 years and I just feel like he needs someone to help him develop. I hope he doesn't turn into a player who relies solely on skills and athleticism to make it.
Lorbek is already accomplished. I get a "Sabonis" feeling with him, like by the time he gets here he'll be past his prime and injury prone.
Looking at the possibility of Lorbek coming here next season, the question has to arise, which big man will be seen to the door? The most logical and financial decision has to be either Blair or Bonner.
Last night, I think Blair tried to show some of his worth and original fire after hustling on the offensive glass and playing some solid defense. I don't know if his contract is up this year (right now, it is pretty much a steal for him to be playing at starting center for around 500k per year), but if it is and he demands more than 1.5 mil per year, he has to go. His Whataburger antics and overall decline since his rookie season have been extremely disappointing. But, since his contract is miniscule, it doesn't seem to serve us much of a purpose
On the other hand is Bonner. I believe his contract is about 3 mil+ which is entirely ridiculous for what he does. You can sight his +/- all day as well as his skewed defensive stats. However, he is a terrible rebounder. He tries to box out hard when the first shot goes up, (he often gets called for a foul at this point) but if the other team gets an offensive rebound, Bonner decides to just stand there and watch as the other team tips the ball around the rim to their heart's content. Blair is also culpable of this stupidity where he and Bonner get into a jumping contest with the other team's bigs instead of finding a body and boxing out. It is INFURIATING to watch as they flail helplessly looking for a whistle or lucky bounce of the ball to bail them out. Offensively, he does space the floor for us, but no more than Lorbek looks like he could or possibly Diaw if he would decide to shoot instead of pass 99.99999% of the time.
Anyway, it will be interesting to see who gets the boot from management this off-season. Also, it will be interesting to see what gets done with the invisible man aka Mr. I deserve more minutes despite being outplayed by an undrafted 3pt specialist and a guy who got cut TWICE from NBA teams.