But they aren't bad moves, along the margins. And they're signed to cost-effective deals, with negligible impact on the future payroll -- a necessity, especially when San Antonio will need money to build a roster around Kawhi Leonard and, presumably, Tony Parker.
I like pendergraph a lot as a fit for the spurs, I think we will look back on this signing and people will say "the spurs did it again", like green, neal, etc.
Don't know if Pendergraph will be great, but two things I really like about him are: 1) He will not LOSE games for the Spurs, but might contribute to a win. 2) He brings toughness. I'm excited about Pendergraph and Baynes for just that reason. Does anyone remember the old days when teams hated having to play the Spurs, because they knew the defense was going to be suffocate them and wear them down physically. (BTW, that's the REAL reason why the old high-flying Mavs, Nuggets, and Suns teams couldn't get past us.)
I don't think we'll know if it's too high or too low until the All-Star break. I will say that I don't see Bonner getting a larger role. One of the Spurs problems is rebounding. Bonner doesn't help there. I think in the playoffs Boris showed he can be a good defender, better than Bonner, and he can knock down the 3 under pressure (Bonner can't do that)-so in a way, Diaw makes Bonner expendable. Boris, like Matt, however, is not a good rebounder. Tiago is average. The Spurs depend waaaaay too much on their oldest post player, Duncan and their small forward, Leonard, to pick up the slack. I think with Boylen on board and his emphasis on physicality and defense Baynes and Pendergraph will get ample opportunity to be solid contributors off the bench. My theory, and this in large part because Spurs have been pursuing bigs (but not at the rate they've looked at pgs) since the Finals-is that Pop and RC know they have to have someone reliable who can rebound and defend so the impetus isn't on Timmy to do it all-especially at his age. I think one Matt Bonner along with a De Colo could be packaged to get another big who can bang and rebound to spell TD and Boris becomes the stretch 4.
@jaws3 Good insight. We've needed an enforcer for a long time. If Pendergraph can fill that role, that would be huge. Timmy is leaning out big time, which he has to do at his age to save extra wear and tear on his knees/ankles. I think Tiago is doing the same, perhaps to simply improve his quickness a bit. Pendergraph and Baynes both provide the potential to have a guy who can go in and bang the more athletic but less physical bigs on other teams, set nasty picks, and grab some boards, an area we really need to improve. If one or both of those guys can deliver that adds a whole new element to Spurs defensive capabilities.
@jaws3 Right with you on this one jaws3. I'm down with another version of Bruise bros.!
@gymbear I agree that given the somewhat small sample size, it's hard to rank him as yet. I actually wouldn't be surprised to see him knock Matt down a slot in the rotation and provide the toughness, rebounding, and mid-range shooting that we need. The part I really don't expect is a trade. I think it will be more of the same, which is, players rotating through for spot 15 until someone sticks, or a player bought out at deadline is targeted a/la Diaw.