The last time we heard about Josh Howard and the San Antonio Spurs was on July 1, 2012. At that time, none of the Spurs' free agents had been re-signed yet, and it was looking like Danny Green might have actually been looking at other options at that point, so the move would have made sense.
Now, once again according to Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears, Howard will be visiting with the Spurs once again on Monday.
Free agent forward Josh Howard to visit Spurs on Monday, source tells Y! Sports.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) September 16, 2012
I'm still not sure what the Spurs see in Howard aside from his prime years when he was a pest with the Dallas Mavericks, or the fact that he's a Wake Forest Demon Deacon like Tim Duncan.
The interest in Howard seems more like an insurance or safety precaution for either Kawhi Leonard or Stephen Jackson. As it's been engrained in numerous articles before here on Project Spurs, the Spurs are already overloaded at the guard position, which is a position Howard could play.
But Howard would probably be brought in to be a substitute for Leonard or Jackson and he'd give the Spurs more versatility on defense. However, in last season's NBA playoffs when the Spurs swept the Utah Jazz, Howard was a non-factor even though he started most of the those four games.
Howard was held to just 3.8 points and shot just 29% against the Spurs a few months ago in the playoffs. Ever since enduring numerous injuries, he's never seemed to physically play like the "Maverick" version of himself NBA fans were so accustomed to seeing.
With the Spurs also reportedly being interested in Tracy McGrady, Jason Kapono, and now Howard, this just seems like a move to add another wing with veteran leadership who can also contribute should someone go down with an injury.
Of course as this Howard rumor comes out, most Spurs fans are still wondering, where are the big men rumors?
The Spurs are obviously Addicts in Denial. We all know they need Bigs but they keep looking to add to the 1-2-3 spots. They now have TP, Mills, Joseph at 1, Green,Ginobili, Neal and Nando at 2 and Leonard Jackson and lets be honest Matt bonner is a tall slow SF at 3. Ok now because a bunch of these guys are flexible at different positions eg. Nando 1 or 2, Neal 1 or 2, Ginobili 1,2, or 3 ect.. I see 5 guys who can play the 1, 5-6 guys who can play the 2, and 4 solid guys at 3(pretend Bonner is solid) then you look at the real bigs, you have Duncan, Blair, Diaw and Splitter. 4 guys that are pretty much interchangeble at the 4-5. They need size bad.
@TylerCameron Or this could signal an impending move, its still a bit early to panic imo..Lately it has been mostly 3-5s that they have been looking at too. And dont be surprised to see CJ back in Austin again.
@Spursfan66 I dunno, he's been improving pretty quickly. But I can't get past how little mins there are to go around. After Mills olympic campain how many mins will he get this year? I predict either a move or the spurs may just plan on playing all 1's,2's, and 3's.
@TylerCameron @Spursfan66 Ya, CJ has really improved, and it seems like it really started after he went to toros and got lots of PT. I just think PM will take the b/u spot at PG and CJ will at least get some toro time to get him plenty of PT before spurs have to decide whether or not to keep him. I wouldnt be really surprised if NDC saw some PT in Austin too. I see DG, KL, BD and maybe TS getting extended mins right off the bat, as well as DJB (if hes here)..I don't think we are going in extended small ball zone or anything..lol Hope not anyway
can we trade for marcian gortat?? I thought Phoenix was interesed in blair at one point a year or two ago and if we send Stephen Jackson along with him it might make it a little more inticing..... still, all Im doing is wishing
@chrismelendez42 Gortat is the only true C they have now so that pretty much guarantees he stays in phoenix
What a waste of time? Howard is passed his prime and doesn't play with the same passion. Don't know why he would be worth the investment. I'd rather the Spurs emphasize on the development of their young wing players.
I think since they had a hard time trying to trade Blair, they're going to find another SF to replace Stephen Jackson since he has an expiring contract and use it to make a Blair trade. I would of just taken a chance with Blatche and kept this team intact.
@Txfrack This would be disappointing, Jackson was about the only one who didn't wilt in the last few games last year. Guy can still be a stud in spurts.
@Txfrack The stories about the PGs like Bo etc also make it seem like a guard could be involved if in fact there is some underlying truth to our trade speculation