After seeing the San Antonio Spurs top free agent targets sign with other teams, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and R.C. Buford are still left with an empty roster spot that they can use to improve the team however they see fit. With the buyout market seemingly dwindling by the day, it's time to look the remaining buyout candidates, and how they would fit in a silver and black uniform.
Metta World Peace, forward
2013-14 averages: 13.4 minutes, 4.8 points, 2.0 rebounds, 39.7 FG%
Advanced: 11.7 PER, 94 OffRtg, 107 DefRtg, 0.2 WS, .027 WS/48
The artist formerly known as Ron Artest has yet to find a new home after being bought out by the Knicks, and his options are becoming bleak. The 34-year-old forward has been hampered by injuries this year, but is still a massive body on the floor who could manage to help any contender. Sadly, the only "contender" knocking at his door are the Detroit Pistons, who are 3 games out of the 8th seed in the East.
The book on World Peace is simple; He doesn't shoot well, and he isn't mobile enough to be the defender he once was. But in a limited role off the bench, he could still be a good presence.
Ben Gordon, guard
2013-14 averages: 14.7 minutes, 5.2 points, 1.4 rebounds, 34.3 FG%
Advanced: 6.5 PER, 80 OffRtg, 105 DefRtg, -0.4 WS, -.061 WS/48
Gordon received the raw end of the deal from the Charlotte Bobcats, being bought out after the March 1st deadline. Gordon is no longer eligible to join another contender's postseason roster.
The 30-year-old guard out of UConn was waived by the Bobcats in favor of signing 7-foot center, Justin Hamilton, to a 10-day contract. Gordon has been struggling with his role all season, appearing in only 19 games after being the Bobcats sixth man last season. Gordon's best bet is to start his vacation early and come back with a vengeance next year.
Roger Mason, Jr., 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
Everyone knows the Spurs value players with prior corporate knowledge. With that being said, how desperate would they have to be to bring back Money Mase? After being traded to the Kings for a heavily-protected 2nd round pick, Mason admits his career is at a crossroads.
At 33, Mason is a good spot up shooter to bring off the bench, but brings nothing else to the table. In fact, the only highlight of Roger Mason's time in Miami is the surveillance footage of him getting robbed at a South Florida restaurant.
Antawn Jamison, forward
2013-14 averages: 11.3 minutes, 3.8 points, 2.5 rebounds, 31.5 FG%
Advanced: 7.9 PER, 89 OffRtg, 103 DefRtg, 0.1 WS, .019 WS/48
The writing is on the wall for the 37-year-old Jamison. After being traded by the Clippers to Atlanta, the Hawks instantly bought him out to save money. The fact that the 8th seeded Hawks didn't think Jamison could contribute over Elton Brand and Mike Scott is all you need to know. Jamison strictly plays power forward in the latter stages of his career, and can't defend or shoot anywhere how he used to. Avoid him at all costs.
Ronnie Brewer, guard/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, .005 WS/48
Brewer's career plateaued after leaving the Bulls in 2012, then managed to crash and burn in recent years. Once one of the league leaders in defensive efficiency, injuries and lack of any kind offensive game have cost him a chance to catch on with any team. If healthy, the Spurs would love to have his perimeter defense off the bench. But offensively, you could probably leave Brewer open by about 15-feet, and he still wouldn't be a threat.
Ivan Johnson, forward
2013-14 averages: N/A
The San Antonio-born Johnson decided to play overseas in China this year. The Chinese season ended February 16th, but Johnson earned his release back in January, and has yet to latch on to an NBA roster.
While playing for the Zhejiang Golden Bulls, Johnson averaged 25.8 points, 10.2 boards and 2.9 steals on 61.8% shooting. No word on how many people the 6'8" forward scared the hell out of per game though.
Josh Howard, forward
2013-14 averages: N/A
Howard tore his ACL in December 2012, and has been fighting to get back to the NBA ever since. After signing with the Spurs and subsequently being waived so he could rehab in the D-League, Howard has managed to play well for the Austin Toros. Howard has played in 24 games, starting 21 of them, while averaging 14.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists in just a shade under 30 minutes a game.
There's no telling what the former Demon Deacon could offer an NBA team, but in the case of the Spurs, it's probably more than what Austin Daye is currently contributing.
Other candidates: Earl Clark (10-day contract with Knicks), Shannon Brown (10-day contract with Knicks), Jason Collins (nearing a second 10-day contract with Nets), Drew Gooden (10-day contract with Wizards).