The San Antonio Spurs' small forward woes continue with injuries to starter Kawhi Leonard (left knee quadriceps tendinitis) and backup Stephen Jackson (fractured right pinky). While Leonard will be back sooner than Jackson (out 4-6 weeks), the Spurs are wasting no time in calling up someone to fill in some holes on the roster from the NBA D-League. According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Spurs are in the process of calling up former Spur James Anderson from the NBA D-League:
With Kawhi Leonard & Stephen Jackson ailing, Spurs in process of calling up Spurs alumnus James Anderson from D-League's Rio Grande Vipers— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) November 20, 2012
This is a very interesting move by the Spurs and one that makes sense. While Anderson was riddled with injuries and disappointing when healthy for the majority of his time in a silver and black uniform, he did have his positive moments as a regular member of the rotation before Danny Green impressed the coaching staff. The comforting thought is that Anderson already knows the Spurs system and doesn't need to learn on the fly. He has played alongside everyone on this roster with the exception of Nando De Colo, who some might argue it won't take much time to get used to playing next to him as his game is close to Manu Ginobili's. To make things more interesting with this move, the Spurs are also interested in signing Tony Parker, Boris Diaw, and Nando De Colo's fellow countryman, Mickael Pietrus:
Hearing Spurs do have interest in Mickael Pietrus -- natural w/2 other Frenchmen on roster -- but Pietrus still seeks more than NBA minimum— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) November 20, 2012
Pietrus is a hard nosed player, similar to Stephen Jackson's mentality. He plays hard, can shoot the 3, and defend multiple positions. One downside of signing Mickael is that he's been plagued by injuries as well the last couple of years. His asking price may be too high too, although playing with some French countryman may persuade him to come cheaper and play for a larger contract next year. What do you Spurs fans think? Is it a good idea for the Spurs to try to sign Mickael Pietrus and what would the Spurs do with the rotation once Leonard and Jackson are healthy again?
James Anderson would be a solid band aid for the Spurs' current woes at SF, but they could just simply play small ball starting Neal at the two and Green at the three. The Spurs should certainly not waste their time and money on a washed up player in Mickeal Pietrus, however. He's not worth it.
@slapdoghoops what are you talking about all we have been playing is small ball, whats next you want to trade for Jefferson back. You think the 3rd year is the charm for Anderson
Can't understand the Spurs. Why Anderson? Well, he is cheap and the Spurs want to save. Trade if it's open. Get Varejao and even Walton. Walton is not that bad at all. He has some championship rings with the Lakers. Or Thomas and Kidd-Gilchrist if possible. They don't need shooters but, players who can man the interior and protect the rim. Guard players like Griffin. Varejao is 7'0" and Thomas is 6'10". They have the right height and experience. Why the reluctance coach Pop, GM Buford, Mr. Holt. Don't love your dimes so much! Why talk about Pietrus or McDyess? Are they out of options? The Spurs can give out Blair, Bonner, Neal and Joseph and draft picks. They have several guards now. Why Anderson? DeColo was signed to guard. Even without Leonard and Jackson, they can live but not without a big man.
Pietrus doesn't have the height and BB IQ that Jax has. He's a good defender and spot-up shooter though.
replace the 3 with another guard, how is that a good move while we are getting killed in the paint on both sides of the ball...
yes same worthless Anderson. We need size! I rather see K Mart or Curry back on the roster so we can get some points in the paint.