Just as the San Antonio Spurs released two players earlier this afternoon, it appears they are adding one player to the roster.
According to BamaHammer.com, the Spurs have signed undrafted forward JaMychal Green from Alabama.
If the name seems familiar, it's because Green played for the Spurs summer league squad in Las Vegas this summer, averaging 4.3 points and 2.5 rebounds in 10.8 minutes per game.
Green was expected to be picked up in the second round of the draft but surprisingly went undrafted.
Green is a 6-9 forward and played at power forward throughout his college career. While a little undersized, Green's wingspan, measuring just over 7-2 certainly makes up for any height deficiencies.
Last season with Alabama, Green averaged 14 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. Green performed well against some of the better big men across the nation, even putting up 22 points and 12 rebounds while limiting Anthony Davis on the defensive end.
At the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, Green put his athleticism on display, consistently finishing at the rim and opening some eyes with a 29-point game. He finished as the second leading scorer in the tournament, but likely worried some GMs due to him being one of three Alabama players suspended due to violation of team rules.
Aside from his athleticism, Green is very aggressive in the paint looking to overpower defenders with his speed and strength. I'm not sure where he fits in with the Spurs if the report is indeed true, but Green has the type of upside that is hard to ignore.
He did post a message to Twitter saying he signed his contract, but didn't give details signaling it is with the Spurs and the Spurs have yet to release word on the signing. If he is signed, Spurs fans may get a chance to see him when the Spurs play the Wizards on Friday.
I think some of ya'll are missing the crux here... JG is long, aggressive, and team-first. He has Spur DNA. He could be particularly useful for matchup issues with certain teams... he gives us another dimension Pop can use.
i like having Green. i do think the kid's got potential. and by the way, 6'9" is not too bad for a PF. Zach Randolph is 6'9", and Ben Wallace is 6'9" and he played as a C. plus, it's nice that Green has a 7'2" wingspan. yea, one inch shorter than Leonard's wingspan, but i'll take it still.
If he was available in draft night why didn't the spurs go after him then instead of another guard...wake up smell the roses. Cj to d league and keep Powell, lets do this Spurs
Why do the spurs always go for guys who are shorter than the average big man? Seriously, the guys they pick up are like 6'7, 6'8 or very rarely 6'9. Every time I read or hear they are interested in a big guy, he always ends up being shorter and smaller than expected. Man, we need some luck in finding a DECENT big man who can play at least DECENT defense.
@spursfan80 Idk. Isn't he a PF? I would think the Spurs would stick with Witherspoon or another SF if they were intent on trading Jackson. I just posted on the Curry/Brown story that I was sure that them being waived was b/c Jackson was going to be traded and we needed a backup SF. Who knows now?
@CraigThomas Oooh, I wasn't paying attention and instantly thought SF when I read forward, not PF for some reason, lol!
And as it stands NOW, I agree that DJB would likely not get us a 1st rd pick, but into the season when a few bigs go down and teams scramble for a known guy, I think he could get us that pick...ESPECIALLY if DJB ACTUALLY has improved some this year.
But honestly, I believe what Lorbek said to the media..that Spurs said they want an athletic big, and I'm not sure Spurs see Milsap as that guy. I'm also not sure Spurs would be confident that they could re sign Paul considering all the other deals they have coming to an end this summer.
@Spursfan66 @WOWWOWBAD @spursfan80 @mrniko lol sorry I didn't actually put this in the trade machine. I was saying hypothetically the Jazz would like a trade like this that replaces Millsap while giving them proven shooting and possibly throw in Joseph/1st round pick.
As for Blair, I don't think anyone will trade a 1st round pick for him seeing as though he contract is expiring. I believe he's still making around $1 mil which makes his impact on salary coming off the books negligable. Unfortunately, I think we are stuck with Blair unless we package him into another deal involving Jackson.
@CraigThomas @WOWWOWBAD @spursfan80 @mrniko That trade as shown would not work..it puts jazz into tax as well. Milsap is only 8.6 mil anyway while jax is over 10 mil, so why would it even be necessary to include DJB and CJ AND a #1 pick even if it would work? http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=8sc6hkq
I'd consider a milsap AND #1 pick for Jax..or even a straight up trade maybe, then try to trade DJB for a #1 pick as well. I really dont see it happening though, especially since they are virtually ALL expiring deals as well, AND Jazz are a conference foe less likely to deal with Spurs imo.
@JohnAbney @CraigThomas @WOWWOWBAD @spursfan80 @mrniko Blair doesn't have a post move to his name. His rebounding numbers have declined every season (he's really only good at offensive rebounds). He cannot defend the post. He is turnover prone down low. And, he has yet to show any sort of outside game other than his TP floater.
Millsap on the other hand is a proven banger underneath that would have an outside shot to complement Tiago, Duncan, or Diaw roaming around on the block. He is also a much better defender than Blair. If you looked at what I traded, it's not like we lose that much. Realistically, the biggest loss in that trade is our 1st round draft pick given the Spurs' ability to find gems in the draft. Jackson is clutch, but replaceable at backup SF (especially at $10 mil). Blair is a bonafide garbage man who doesn't have enough self-discipline to stop gaining weight. As much as I love Joseph (being a UT guy and I got his autograph at Chili's over the summer!) he is also an easily replaceable piece at an already saturated position for the Spurs.
Millsap would be our starting PF. So we would trade two backup players and a bench player for a starter. Sounds like a fair trade to me.
@CraigThomas @WOWWOWBAD @spursfan80 @mrniko wow you want to give away 3 players and a pick for a guy like milsap? milsap is only SLIGHTLY an upgrade over blair. look at their per 36 min numbers, milsap was at 18.2 ppg, 9/7 rpg, 2.6 apg, 2 steals and .9 blocks per 36 minutes last season (by far his best), blair was at 16.1, 9.3, 2.1, 1.6 steals and .3 blocks. blair also shoots a higher %.
thats a terrible deal. milsap was also a focal point of the jazz offense last season.
didnt a 6'11 defensive monster fall into our hands in 1998? and a 7' 1" defensive beast fall in our hands 10 years before that? i guess we are over due for our once a decade free defensive big. HA i kid!
@WOWWOWBAD @spursfan80 @mrniko lol. I'm not saying I want Captain Jack out. However, his expiring contract is the most tradable piece we have to fill our hole in the middle. $10 mil for a backup SF is too high. If we were able to get a deal like Paul Millsap for Jackson, Blair, and Joseph, +a 1st round pick, we have to take that deal.
You have to be realistic. We aren't just going to have a 6'11" defensive minded big fall from the sky into our hands. It just doesn't happen that way.
@mrniko @CraigThomas I don't know that Blair is all that bad, he's short yes. But check out this post on ptr, he doesn't look so bad. http://www.poundingtherock.com/2012/10/13/3498892/nba-spurs-josh-powell-eddy-curry-upgrades-over-dejuan-blair-matt-bonner