Belinelli also plays the 1 in stretches. That makes it more interesting. My thought: If the Spurs are looking for a vet pg, I don't think it's to be the 3rd point guard. I mean, what would the point be there? Mills, De Colo or Joseph would all be GREAT 3rd point guards. I think we're talking about the search for a reliable backup point guard that Pop trusts can drive the bus in the pressure of the playoffs and in the Finals. Ideally that would enable TP to get some rest in the regular season, the vet and #3 pg to run the team (and Manu and Belinelli are still options in short stretches during regular season where the pressure and pace isn't as intense as playoffs). It's golden. Then when the playoffs roll around and TP is playing in that 35-38 min range, the older vet comes off the bench. That makes more sense to me for one reason: Pop and RC are, I guarantee you, watching that window close on TD and Manu and they were so close to winning the 5th ring, they can't wait around for a young point guard to mature in 2 years or entrust a young guy to handle the pressure. That's why I think this whole thing is about finding a reliable vet who can be trusted to drive the bus when Tony is resting and the Spurs are in the hunt for Ring Number Five. I could be wrong, but that makes a lot more sense to me if this narrative is about winning another championship during the Duncan Era.
What gives? Does Manu Ginobili's 8 turnovers in Game 6 ring a bell? The days of him being the de-facto backup PG isn't in the best interest of the team going forward. Spurs need someone else to initiate the offense when Parker is out. If the Spurs think CJ, Nando, and Patty aren't capable at this point, then, why not look for another PG?
Put me in the confused column. This 2 years in a row. Last Summer was the same thing. There was no obvious reason to bring Nando over last year, but ... We also drafted Denmon and looked at a number of others. TP is signed for 2 more, so we can surmise that they are looking for an impact guard to replace him and don't yet see that guy among those we have, etc. CJ will be a good player, but probably not at TP level. Nando is slow and passive, PM is great but not a PG, same of Dentman, so the heir, perhaps is still to be found. I think they could consider a different direction, maybe a point forward, but not clear who that might be. I like Marcus Williams, but he seems to have dropped off the earth after gettign suspended from China.
@gymbear I'm actually hoping Beli will play some 1 now and then and if paired with Manu, let Manu get his stroke back a bit at sg (hopefully). I also agree that FO is likely looking for the 2nd PG, unfortunately every PG Ive seen them "interested" in is not in my mind a better choice than CoJo..some even behind Mills. Ultimately, I think it will be a sf type for the last spot, or maybe more likely keeping the spot open for another reg season of rotating 10 day guys until someone sticks or a waived guy becomes available like Diaw was. Could be that this is also just for camp bodies or simple due diligence, but I kind of doubt that.
@El_chingon CoJo "looked" like the answer to me in the playoffs. I was perplexed over why he didn't get more minutes against the Heat. He was solid throughout the playoffs. His defense is stellar, but I really liked how his decision making has improved, and he stopped being hesitant about his offense when he had opportunities to penetrate or take an open jumper. None of the available free agent PGs excite me enough to cast CoJo aside. Nor would I lose any sleep if one of our guards, not named Tony Parker or Manu got traded for another big with versatility.
@El_chingon You do have a point re: Manu and I was hoping someone would cite him as a reason why Spurs still seem so interested in guards. That said, Spurs were linked to many guards last year as well, and obviously that was before Manus' poor showing in the finale of the playoffs, so it surely isnt likely Manu is the only reason. I actually expect him to have less time running the b/u pg this year, and be more of a traditional 2 guard. And if we take RCs implication that NDC will play more off the ball this year, that also narrows the PG pool. Personally, I think FO will roll into the season with the guard roster we have now and see how CoJo has progressed again this year. I have high hopes for him.
@jojo707 It is somewhat confusing, but I really believe the main focus will be at sf when considering the 15th spot. As for M Williams, he probably crossed himself off the Spurs list as soon as he was busted for drugs.