When Tim Duncan signed his contract extension with the San Antonio Spurs over the summer, everyone knew he would take whatever money the team offered him. He has played his whole career in San Antonio, wants to stay a Spur, wants to retire a Spur.
Duncan signed on for three more years with the team, with an option for the final year, but it might not have been worth as much as we originally thought.
“Tim Duncan’s new three-year deal with the Spurs isn’t for $36 million, as was first widely reported. According to numbers provided by the NBA Players Association, he will earn $30 million, with the third year, at $10 million, at the future Hall of Famer’s option.”
The final number probably didn’t make that much of a difference to a guy who has already made millions and millions of dollars over his long and successful NBA career. Tim Duncan is the ultimate team player and every Spurs fan in the world wanted to see him retire on his own terms with the silver and black.
If Duncan keeps playing as well as he is now, we may see him use all three years on his extension. He’s shown repeatedly that the hands of time don’t seem to affect him. Hey, in two years we may even be talking about another extension.
Problem with Kmart is that he has an attitude problem in addition to frequently getting injured. But it is possible that playing under Pop and knowing that he can be jobless, he will change his ways and become more disciplined (remember Jackson?). In addition to being a "big" in the middle, he can provide the "nastiness" that Pop wanted in the Spurs game when necessary. I started writing this post being against taking him in, but on second thought, he can be a good bargain with his "basement salary" and the Spurs can always unload him if he cannot be made to fit into the Spurs lineup.
We all know Duncan needs help, but I don't think Kmart (how old) is the right player. There's a reason he is not in the NBA. I believe Spurs have their eyes on someone who is already on a team and are just waiting for the right opportunity. The Lakers lack of chemistry, OKC's short term debacle in trading Hardin, and the off season improvements of Green and Neal (handles have improved as a back up point guard) gives the Spurs time to wait for the right front court player. Who that is, I don't know.
KMART appears to be 34 yrs old. Not so old compared to Camby, Kidd and Nash. They are waiting for somebody, do they? If they are looking to trade Blair and Bonner forget it. No crazy GM would take them even for free. In the meantime, they (Spurs) are endangering the safety of TD by over-exposing him. The Spurs had passed over several bigs in the past. What are they waiting for?
I'm in total agreement with respect to the safety of Duncan and I'm sure FO realizes this as well. So I think they are going to trade either Neal, Jackson or Green with Bonner or Blair. I don't want to see Jackson (proven clutch playoff shooter), and Neal (excellent confident shooter with improved handles) go. Jackson and Neal are proven permiter shooters when we need it the most.
Now financially, it makes sense to trade Bonner (3.6M) with Green (3.5M) for a front court player that can back up Duncan in the regular season and in the playoffs play along side of him in the playoffs if necceassary.
I don't know who the player is, but he must be verstle, play defense and least be able to finsih around the basket (dunk).
Hypothetically and this is not my wish, Spurs could trade Jackson (10M) and Bonner (3.6M) for Josh Smith (13.2M) or Green (3.5M) n Bonner (3.6M) for Anderson Verarjaeo (8.4M)
As I stated earlier, I do not want to see Jackson go, but the Spurs will be looking for a team who will not make the playoffs or looking to unload a contract to trade with.
I used Josh Smith ( who will want to start and POP may not like this player) because he said he wanted to be traded last year and Danny Ferry is the GM.
I used Verarjaeo (not enough offensive skills for the $) because Cleveland may not make the playoffs.But I do feel as though the Spurs will make a trade because they have so many back court players.
@PopKat @rtesoro440 Agree with you in all accounts except for trading Green. So far, so good with Green and he just signed a new contract with the Spurs this off-season. We wouldn't be putting him on the chopping block if we just signed him to a new contract. Besides, other than last year in the WCF, Green was money. Where else can you find a SG who can straight up knock down 3's while playing solid defense and is being paid $3.5 mil. He is probably going to avg around 11-13 ppg shooting 40%+ from 3! That is a steal for $3.5 mil a year. And he allows Manu to come off the bench.
I don't think Ferry is going to give up Atlanta's "star" for Jackson and Bonner. We don't have the pieces in my opinion to get a J-Smoove. And Varejao has been tearing it up lately in Cleveland so I don't think they make that trade either. I would look for Minnesota or Utah to move a big given their log jams at the 4/5 positions. They have the pieces to replace a loss in the frontcourt while also wanting to gain that expiring contract.
Very true. I´m with you guys on this one, sign K-mart and give Timmy a rest once in a while so he´ll be ready to go come playoff time. GO SPURS GO!!!
GOAT on and off the court. Can it get any more professional than TD? Let's just hope the FO rewards Timmy with the roster to get him a 5th championship sometime over the next 3 years. As rtesoro says below, there's a K-Mart sale going on, everything must go!!!
The way TD played the ist 3 games, he is worth more than what he signed. The minutes he played speaks a thousands. The team not only failed to sign a player who is worthy to take his place, to give him rest but, they are squezzing very bit of the money the investd in him. I am afraid he can't withstand the rigors of 82 games. Even a well-oiled machine needs some break otherwise, expect a breakdown. They can't rely on Blair, Bonner or Splitter to give him the necessary rest time. Today a banner story came out about a player who could stand behnd TD, KENYON MARTIN. He is unsigned and according to him he is wiling to accept the minimum. He is experienced, wide-body, tall and a hardnose defender. He coud defend the rim and take perimeter shots as shown during his tenure with the clippers. Come on coach Pop, GM Buford, Mr. Holt, give TD a much needed break. Sign KMart and give the much needed rest time for TD.