Never said 'elite' big man. That would be naive thinking. I'm talking serviceable big who can bang and grab some boards. Matt Bonner plus one of our point guards could fetch a serviceable big. Off the bench, Boris doesn't rebound well and Baynes and Pendergraph are unknowns. Would be nice to have a somewhat known commodity Pop could trust. I respect your opinions MOLsen, just want to make sure it's understood: I never said or thought 'elite' big in exchange for Bonner and a pg trade
I'm going to go the other way from Gymbear and 66. Matt Bonner has his value, but he has way more value to the Spurs than to any other team in the league. NOBODY is going to trade an elite big man for Matt Bonner. He has experience, he can shoot, and in the playoffs last year, he actually did a decent job of defending. I remember Tim Duncan grabbing Matt and telling him that the way he played defense on the previous play was very important for Spurs playoff success. After this contract Matt will go back to the Vet minimum ... and for that price, yes, he can help the team going forward for a couple of years.
I kind of agree with 66. Matt did shake it a bit but he faded in WCF and was a non-factor v Miami. Boris' performance on D, his solid passing and clutch shooting and not being rattled by the Big Stage to me makes Matt very expendable. Matt's a nice guy and evidently a good teammate and great locker room guy. I think (again where there is smoke there is fire) with the Spurs having shown enough interest in some big men in the offseason, though not at the level of interest in pg's, Matt is destined to be shipped off with one of our pg's for another big who can bang and be trusted in big moments in the playoffs. That's my theory.
I think Matt finally managed to at least somewhat shake off his rep as a playoff dud last year, and that was a pleasing sight. I like Matt, but I think this may end up being his last go around as a Spur..just a feeling.
@MOlsen Just for the record, I never said I thought he would be traded and I definitely never uttered the word elite either. I think he will play out the year and then sign elsewhere next year. Although if he does come back, it will be at least half of his current salary, or maybe the vet min.
@gymbear I think a trade might at least somewhat hinge on what Pendergrass does into the season. Pop might also not want to only have one stretch 4 type on roster. MB and Diaw can both stretch and I'm pretty sure Pendy will not stretch all the way to range. So if Matt were gone and Diaw was hurt or something, that could definitely create issues. Then again, injuries always cause some kind of issue. Ultimately, if you are right, I hope we get the better end of the trade (yes I am homer)
@Spursfan66 @MOlsen 66, the more I think about it I think we were really implying by our posts that the Spurs are likely to trade Matt Bonner straight up for Roy Hibbert. Wait. I said that. You said he'd play out his contract and then the Spurs would sign Roy Hibbert at that point. We should be more specific next time.