Danny Granger, small forward
2013-14 averages: 22.5 minutes, 8.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 35.9 FG%
Advanced: 10.4 PER, 98 OffRtg, 99 DefRtg, 1.2 win shares, .090 WS/48 minutes
Granger, 30, oscillated from a top-five scorer -- in 2008-09, Granger averaged 25.8 points per game for the 36-46 Indiana Pacers, who missed the playoff cut by three games -- to sparingly utilized jack-of-all-trades bench scorer in just five years. Granger turns 31 in April and time hasn't been forgiving; he's regressed in every major statistical category this season. Paul George's maturation into one of the best two-way forwards in the NBA made Granger, a slight minus on defense and inefficient scorer, expendable.
But Granger can still be an asset for a team like the San Antonio Spurs. He takes the majority of his shots from the restricted area, mid-range and above-the-break -- locations where he's below-average -- but he doesn't use up a massive amount of possessions and, most importantly, he can slide to small forward to give Kawhi a breather, allowing Danny Green, Marco Belinelli and Manu Ginobili to defend their natural positions.
And perhaps Granger's inefficiency is a tad overblown -- he's averaging 0.35 points per half court touch this season according to SportVU, a mark higher than Ginobili and Boris Diaw. Though, to be fair, Granger doesn't shoot well on catch-and-shoot jumpers and pull-up shots, per SportVU.
Granger hasn't been officially bought out, but it appears imminent.
Metta World Peace, small forward
2013-14 averages: 13.4 minutes, 4.8 points, 2.0 rebounds, 39.7 FG%
Advanced: 11.8 PER, 94 OffRtg, 106 DefRtg, 0.2 WS, .031 WS/48
The New York Knicks have reportedly negotiated a buyout with World Peace. The 34-year-old brute never stuck with the Knicks rotation; in his last 11 games with the Knicks, he played 72 minutes. According to his brother, he wants to play with the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder or ... the Spurs. All are very good at winning basketball games.
Peace could help a contender, even at this stage of his career; he's a massive human being, which is pretty important at the small forward position. His mobility has deteriorated with time, but he's still good enough to defend the position for 10-15 minutes a night.
He doesn't shoot well, of course, but he still scored 0.45 points per halfcourt touch with the Knicks, albeit on very limited touches. That's plenty efficient enough for the Spurs, who would only require Peace to shoot when he's wide-open.
Earl Clark, power forward
2013-14 averages: 15.5 minutes, 5.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, 37.5 FG%
Advanced: 8.8 PER, 92 OffRtg, 107 DefRtg, 0.2 WS, .016 WS/48
Clark, a 6-foot-10 stretch four-ish player, is intriguing even despite his meager numbers. He's played 76 percent of his career minutes at power forward but he's rangy enough to slide over to small forward. Pairing him with Leonard against smaller units would not be a complete disaster, since he's just a year removed from shooting 37 percent from mid-range and 60 percent at the rim.
Though there hasn't been reported interest in Clark, there is enough here to warrant an extra look. Just temper your expectations; Clark has never registered a season with a positive plus-minus per 100 possessions.
Ramon Sessions, point guard
2013-14 averages: 23.7 minutes, 10.4 points, 3.7 assists, 40.6 FG%
Advanced: 14.7 PER, 101 OffRtg, 107 DefRtg, 2.0 WS, .073 WS/48
Sessions was flipped to Milwaukee in the deal that sent Gary Neal to Charlotte. Sessions isn't in danger of being bought out, but Milwaukee is awful and Sessions isn't a bad player. Put two and two together and a buyout makes at least some sense. If -- and it's a very iffy "if" at this point -- Sessions is bought out, he'd be an interesting option. He's registered 390 drives to the basket this season, 10th in the NBA, and he's generated 426 points for his team, a respectable 1.09 average.
The Spurs have been willing to carry multiple guards on the roster and the likely departure of Shannon Brown carves a spot for Sessions to do his thing -- creating points off the dribble.
Beno Udrih, point guard
2013-14 averages: 19.0 minutes, 5.6 points, 3.5 assists, 42.5 FG%
Advanced: 12.5 PER, 103 OffRtg, 111 DefRtg, 0.7 WS, .054 WS/48
The Knicks bought out Udrih, jettisoning the nine-year veteran after he tallied 13 consecutive DNP's. Udrih, a low-usage ball handler with 3-point range, isn't a bad player but he doesn't make sense for the Spurs, even though trading Nando De Colo opened up a spot.
It's still a no (probably).
Roger Mason, point guard
2013-14 averages: 10.4 minutes, 3.0 points, 0.9 rebounds, 37.3 FG%
Advanced: 8.1 PER, 103 OffRtg, 110 DefRtg, 0.3 WS, .051 WS/48
Miami waived Mason to free up a roster spot, a valuable commodity for a team with perhaps the most free agent pull in the league. Mason, a career 38.3 percent 3-point shooter, could be a nifty low-leverage spot-up shooter on the right team. The Spurs are not that team, though.
Antawn Jamison, power forward
2013-14 averages: 11.3 minutes, 3.8 points, 2.5 rebounds, 11.3 rebounds
Advanced: 7.9 PER, 89 OffRtg, 104 DefRtg, 0.1 WS, .017 WS/48
The Atlanta Hawks acquired Antawn Jamison in a deadline deal, merely to save money and a roster spot. Jamison, 37, is at a crossroads in his career, where he can only realistically fill in 10-15 minutes for a contender. He's playing exclusively at power forward according to Basketball Reference, not surprising given his age, and his 3-point shooting dropped off a clip this season. He wasn't a good shooter to begin with.
There isn't a ton of interest in Jamison, and the Spurs should avoid him because he hasn't proven he can defend small forwards. You don't want Jamison playing extended minutes at power forward when Duncan, Splitter, Ayres, Diaw, Bonner and Leonard are more productive options. The Clippers, for what it's worth, were better when he was on the floor this season.
Ronnie Brewer, small forward
2013-14 averages: 6.9 minutes, 0.3 points, 0.6 rebounds, 20.0 FG%
Advanced: 3.5 PER, 77 OffRtg, 108 DefRtg, 0.0 WS, .004 WS/48
Brewer cultivated a reputation as a dogged perimeter defender, with enough offensive punch to warrant 30 minutes a night, especially is said team was bereft of better options. Brewer, still a dogged defender, has played with four teams in four seasons. His defense isn't as valuable when you are conceding on the offensive end -- playing Brewer creates a 4-on-5 halfcourt possession for the offense, a no-no for any progressive team that cares a lick about spacing and, well, scoring points.
Brewer can cut to the basket and score when he's two feet from the basket, but that's just about the extent of his offensive scope. He touched the ball 154 times this season according to SportVU, which is 154 more times than the optimal amount. He's a slightly rich man's version of Othyus Jeffers -- if Jeffers won a couple of $2 lottery scratch offs.
But not much more.
Ivan Johnson, power forward
2013-14 averages: N/A
The Chinese season is nearing an end and if you believe the Spurs need some extra girth to their frontline, you could do worse than Johnson. He's a plus rebounder and he's very, very scary looking.
Perhaps he could stand in the restricted area, and scare away opposing ball handlers.
Stephen Jackson, small forward
2013-14 averages: 11.9 minutes, 1.7 points, 1.1 rebounds, 23.1 FG%
Advanced: 0.2 PER, 59 OffRtg, 105 DefRtg, -0.2 WS, -.103 WS/48
Other notable players: Drew Gooden, Josh Howard, Corey Maggette, Hakim Warrick, Ryan Gomes, Josh Childress, Charlie Bell
good news guys, granger's people say the Spurs are the front runners, and there is mutual interest. Marc Stein just came out with the report.
@quixem I read it, I just forgot lol. What if it was Corey tho? He would be awesome here
Well guys, Earl Clark is off the table. Hopefully Granger would like to come to Texas. Pop knows how to handle minutes.
I laughed so hard @ the Ivan Johnson section. We have some connections with Pacers, Bolan ( I think that's his name) and Jeff Ayres. Hopefully Granger can see that and sign with us and not a contender.
Of course, Granger and Clark would be the best choices, but Ronnie Brewer or Metta World Peace wouldn't be bad options to play 10 per night. We absolutely need another perimeter defender who can rebound as well, when Pop decides to play small ball. The wings we have are just too small against certain line-ups, aside from Leonard. I've always liked Ramon Sessions' game, but we really don't have a need for him now. I have no interest in us bringing back previous Spurs' retreads (e.g. Udrih, Roger Mason, S-Jax).
@quixem THE JIMMER?
@ajd21 ..and now they say its clips
@SCOLFIELD1421 Earl Clark signed with the Knicks. I guess Granger is our last hope.
@minus aren't we a contender?
well so much for Earl Clark, he's going to the Knicks. (although in a good way, he's not going to any other contender)
@Blue__Rum He was bought out after I wrote this piece. I'll add something on him later.
Sign with the Knicks? What moron signs with league's most dysfunctional franchise, given the choice of teams like the Spurs, Heat and Thunder having interest?
@spursfan80 @minus I think he meant OTHER contenders. I don't think Granger wants to go to Miami. He has a history of punking Lebron. Besides, if he goes to Miami, he probably won't even play that much given the fact Lebron, the best player in the world, is the starting SF. They also have Beasely coming off the bench who has been pretty decent. But who knows, maybe he has developed the," If you can't beat them, join them" mindset. That leaves OKC and the Spurs. Both OKC and Miami and even Indiana have superstars at the SF position. I don't think he'll like sitting in the shadows of the top two best players on earth in Durant and James. I mean, isn't that why he was a bit frustrated in Indiana? Paul George came up, and he took a backseat to him. If Indiana barely used him (because of the emergence of George), you think Miami and OKC will use him with Kevin and James still in their primes and tearing up the league? Kawhi Leonard isn't a superstar (yet), no one on the spurs has nowhere near the green light like Lebron or Durant. So Granger may feel like he doesn't need to be the superstar here, yet still be able to contribute significantly on a team that is definitely still Finals material. I'm sure he knows Pop is a genius at spreading the wealth and managing minutes.
I could be dead wrong. Watch him go to the Clippers or Houston, lol.
@jaws3 Two words.....CASH MONEY.
I think the Knicks offered more and Clark took it.