According to a tweet from Hoopsworld's Bill Ingram, the San Antonio Spurs have been mentioned along with several other teams as suitors for point guard Darren Collison's services.
Collison, who played last season with the Dallas Mavericks after former Spur George Hill made him expendable in Indiana, earned $2.3 million last year, so the Spurs could be looking at him for the full mid level exception.
In just under 30 minutes per game last season, Collison averaged 12 points, 5.1 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game last season with the Mavs.
Collison hasn't quite had that breakout everyone expected after he was thrust into the starting lineup with the New Orleans Hornets his rookie year when Chris Paul was injured, but he is a solid point guard that could start for many teams. If the Spurs did bring him in, he'd solidify the Spurs' backup point guard spot.
Unfortunately for Cory Joseph, who looked poised and confident running the second unit in the playoffs, that would likely push him back to being the third point guard. While the Spurs have a plethora of options at backup point, including Joseph, Patty Mills and Nando De Colo, if they aren't confident enough and want to have another player that can penetrate and cause problems for defenses when he heads to the bench, Collison is a great option.
The Spurs will face some competition though from the Clippers, Cavs, Warriors and Kings. Playing as Kyrie Irving's backup, alongside Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala or potentially starting again for Sacramento could prove to be opportunities to hard to pass up. While I'd like to see the Spurs front office work to solidify the frontcourt a little more, they may be putting all their eggs in one basket with Tiago Splitter and are now trying to strengthen other areas.
All U idiots need to get over urself playing GM there's a reason ur not the GM posting comments like these. Tiago and Manu got paid to much waaahhhh tiago was benched in the finals Manu turned the ball over to much in the post season waaahhhhh stfu please. Tiago got paid big money cause we didn't want to start new with a big man to learn our system couldn't afford to take a risk and lose out on him the only big man we would have left tiago for was Howard. Manu is deserved this money for what he has given us these last 10 years no questions asked if ur a true spurs fan u would understand that. Again ur not the GM so stop talking shit and stick to flipping burgers.
@Fernanana Do you find it difficult to watch ESPN, NBATV, or any other media outlet who share their opinions with the public? As far as I can tell, everyone plays GM during the off-season. This is the opportunity for fans (and journalists) to 'play' GM for a day and spend time browsing sites, looking at stats, assessing contracts, watching highlight reels, etc. It is fun, give it a try sometime. Also, why are you complaining about fans and their perceptions of Tiago and Manu within the comments section of a Darren Collison article? I read through the comments and no one is complaining about Manu or Tiago. Lastly, I doubt we would have left Tiago for Howard. The guy is a space cadet and don't forget Pop cursed him out at an All-Star game.
@Fernanana I agree with you on your points about Splitter and Ginobili, but did you have to call everybody "idiots"? Keep it classy and respectful. While sometimes I don't agree with the comments that people post on this site, I (at the very least) try to be mindful and respectful when responding to others.
much rather have Jack (we do need someone besides Parker who can break down the defense .... use the full mid level exception on him .....and get Oden or Martin @ the vet minimum.....and do minor roster moves i.e. trade one of PGs or amnesty Bonner (highly doubt this! Atlanta just paid over seven million a year to get their sharp shooter) .......but I do not know all the in's and out's of the three first contracts or if Marco Belinelli took some of our exception....hopefully Tiago Splitter contract is back loaded as much as possible and we can fit all three guys under the cap or ideally just went over the cap....
Who knows how hood splitter can be next season maybe they saw something and offered him all the money, but from what i saw in splitter brittney griner would be tougher them him so who knows.
what are the bigs available? I mean we forever having looking for "the shot blocking big". Reality of the NBA is that we are moving towards a small ball type of basketball, so a combo forward/stretch 4 is probably more useful and we have Diaw/Bonner in that position. with Splitter, Duncan and Baynes as big bodies. I think our problem as a scorer off the bench, I'm not sure if Manu is adequate to fill that role against athletic teams. I would much rather have a Jamal Crawford/Monte type player to come in off the bench and score in bunches.
@JeffProjectSpurs I suppose it might have something to do with having Tim Duncan, Tiago Splitter, Aron Baynes, JaMychal Green, and Livio Jean-Charles at their disposal this upcoming and future seasons. Seeing how three of these young men are under the age of 26 it might not suite us to pursue an older player nearing the end of his career (e.g., Kirilenko 32).
@JeffProjectSpurs The small ball frontline of Leonard and Duncan worked perfectly in the playoffs. I don't see that changing next season. Splitter was signed to help TD in the regular season. But will see limited minutes yet again once the playoffs kicks in.
@JeffProjectSpurs Yeah, I wonder that too. Do you think they'll try to incorporate Baynes more?
@niquonaut I think it's just the Spurs doing their due diligence. If they are indeed interested in Collison, then it most likely means they'll trade either Joseph, Mills, or De Colo.