According to Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork.com, the San Antonio Spurs are holding a mini-camp this week with some training camp invites and notable veterans Mike Bibby and Mickael Pietrus are also among the players working out for San Antonio.
Source: NBA veteran Mike Bibby is participating in a Spurs mini-camp this week with "a bunch of guys" for mostly training camp invites.— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) September 3, 2013
Mickael Pietrus is also working out for the Spurs this week. He could have a few more workouts. As for Bibby & the Spurs, only team so far.— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) September 3, 2013
Bibby, now 35 years old, last played in the NBA two years ago during the 2011-2012 lockout season. In 39 games with the New York Knicks, the veteran point guard averaged 2.6 points, 2.1 assists, and 1.5 rebounds in 14.3 minutes per game.
Pietrus, who is 31 years of age, played in 19 games with the Toronto Raptors last season where he averaged 5.3 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. He is also familiar with fellow Frenchmen on the Spurs Tony Parker, Nando De Colo, and Boris Diaw from their days of playing together on the French National team.
With one roster space remaining and a need for a backup small forward, the interest in Pietrus (and Josh Childress) seems ideal. However, like Royal Ivey and Sebastian Telfair who are guards along with Bibby, another guard would only add to the already overcrowded bench in the Spurs' backcourt.
Again, these are just players participating in mini-camps and there still may be names reported from now until the first day of training camp on October 1, but so far the players listed above could possibly point to the position the team is targeting with its vacant roster spot.
I always thought Pietrus would be a good addition to the Spurs for reasons that others already brought up, strong defender, the French connection, and can shoot the three. I don't know the extent of his injury problems in recent years to know how much they have limited his ability to play.
I don't think Mickael Pietrus is the answer for the need of a SF backup. As a french basketball fan, I have been following his recent news and it's too much of a risk to get a player like Mickael. Don't get me wrong, he's been a very good player, not a star, but he could be a very effective shooter and a really good defender. So what I'm most worry about is his health and his form. He hasn't played competitive basketball since a while and his knees are a concern. Maybe it's sufficient for a backup, i don't know, maybe he's improved, I'll just trust Pop and RC...
Concerning Bibby, I don't think it is reallistic to hope that he will be back in the nba someday, at least surely not with the Spurs.
I am pretty sure that the last spot will be free until the Spurs find someone to sign in the mid season, maybe a trade but I wouldn't bet on it.
I like tyhe idea of Pietrus. I have been posting that for a while. Good wing defender, and 31 isnt' that old. We just need a solid back up for Leonard. not sure ther is room on the team for Bibby. I know he wants to be a coach so maybe he could be a locker room presence and not dress.
I think we all know we need an athletic big center, but there just isn't anybody out there that fits that bill. Fab Melo is available, as he was waived by Memphis, but he lookied horrible in the minutes he played for Boston in the summer leagues. I hope Pietrus makes the last roster spot.
Would love to see Pietrus since he def fills a need behind Leonard. Has the potential to be a D an 3 guy off the bench for 10-15 mins a night. <-- this is the need.
Love that the spurs want to bring in a vet pg. A guy like Bibby can teach these guys so much/keep them in line (Mills, De Colo, Joseph). Tony is already busy enough with the starting role. This will make Bibby happy because he will be part of a winning team/Spurs are happy because they have an injection of vetran pg BB IQ to act as an assistant coach like Jaque Vaugn. Look at Jaque now.
Ok we need help in the middle a athletic young center with at least a few years experience.tiago is not mobile enuff to defend in the paint.spurs have to try and lure a big to help tim take a lii pressure of timmie.
Pietrus makes great sense to take care of a real need. The fact that we are also Team France would make his transition easier and learning curve shorter. Bibby.......so basically the Spurs are interested in any veteran point guard not on someone's roster. Nothing to see here. Personally I'm excited about all this talk of interest in vet point guards. Find the right guy and suddenly we have leverage to fill our other glaring need: A reliable big who can bang, grab some boards and protect the rim in spot duty. I think that means packaging one Matt "I'm disappearing in the playoffs" Bonner along with one of our other point guards and possibly De Colo for a vet big and possibly a pick, depending on who that big is. I think this makes sense for the Spurs to get a vet backup pg and big for next season or two and pick up a few extra picks to prepare for the post TD/Manu transition. Again, I could be wrong but man there is a LOT of smoke. I assume there is a fire.
I asked myself the same question, especially because Brewer was signed for a low price. Before last season I was disappointed that the Spurs didn't sign Andray Blatche for peanuts. It seemed like he wanted to come here, and he ended up giving the Nets some quality minutes.
@Frenchtouch I can see your point and concerns. I think (my opinion) with the # of guys that we have that can play the 2/3 that it's a low risk-high reward kind of thing. Pietrus wouldn't be asked to play many minutes and Pop can plug Manu and Belinelli in at the 3 slot as well. I like the possibility of a Pietrus. I'm Verrrrry interested in all this interest in pg's and prior to that, the on and off again rumors about Spurs being interested in a Big, with the Oden attempt being the last one that was public but didn't work out. Kawhi needs a guy who can come in and relieve him. We can't Kawhi into the ground. He needs to play about 32-34 minutes a game and the remaining minutes could be divided up easily among someone like Pietrus, Gino and Belinelli. Now about getting that vet pg and my theory the Spurs are going to package 1 or more of our young pg's along with Matt Bonner to get that big....that's what I want to see:)
@KrisPittman I have a strong feeling that Mike Bibby will be hired as a Brett Brown replacement.