Here’s a look at what some of our fellow San Antonio Spurs bloggers are offering up about the Silver and Black.
- With free agency only 10 days away (!!!), the fellas at Pounding the Rock broke down how the new Collective Bargaining Agreement will impact the Spurs’ offseason plans.
- PtR also provided a list of risk/reward players who might be worth going after in Free Agency (MICHAEL BEASLEY ALERT!!!): Anthony Randolph. I think Randolph is everyone’s favorite “young guy with potential”. At some point, don’t you just have to say that potential isn’t there, though? To be fair, there was a lot of dysfunction everywhere he went. Right now he’s a 4th big at the most, but with a structured environment, I still think he could blossom into a quality starter. Yes, I’m still drinking the Ant Randolph Kool-Aid.
- Quixem Ramirez of Air Alamo wonders how long it will be until the Spurs have to start worrying about the New Orleans Hornets (or whatever they’ll be called): So is this new Hornets team a pressing problem for the Spurs? Honestly … probably not. They will be too young and too depleted to compete with a team of the caliber of San Antonio. Memphis, Dallas and even Houston are more immediate threats to the Spurs’ supremacy. By the 2013-14 season, though? As long as they make astute financial decisions and develop talent, they should be in position to compete for a playoff spot at least.
- Express News’ Tim Griffin ponders how it would be if the Gasol brothers were to join forces: The Los Angeles Lakers apparently are intent on trading PauGasol, even if they don’t receive equal value for the 30-year-old power forward. Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News reports that Gasol has been fingered by team officials as the primary culprit for their sooner-than-expected playoff ousters in the last two seasons.
- WOAI’s Don Harris is counting down the Spurs’ greatest players. He’s at No. 13: Bruce has his #12 retired in the AT&T Center rafters and that is a tribute to his contributions during a dynasty. So why is he so low on my list? Nothing against Bruce, but he was a specialist. Let me ask this simple question. Would Tim Duncan have won championships without Bruce Bowen on the roster? The answer is yes. The Spurs would have filled that defensive specialist void with a capable choice.
- Andrew McNeill of 48 Minutes of Hell takes a look at what Tim Duncan’s next contract could look like: “In July of 2009, the Spurs signed McDyess to a three-year, $14 million and some change contract, according to Sham Sports. McDyess, you may remember, retired after two seasons and the Spurs waived him before the third. That’s because that third year was only partially guaranteed. San Antonio guaranteed only about $2.6 million of that final year, so when Dice decided not to return the team waived him and sent him home with a nice little retirement gift. I can see the Spurs front office handling Duncan’s new deal the same way. Sign Duncan to a three-year deal with that third and final year only partially guaranteed. Something like $12 million in the first year, $8 or $9 million in the second and something similar in the third, only guaranteeing about $3-$4 million if the Spurs waive Duncan by a certain date.”
That’s what they’re saying. The NBA Draft is a week away and Free Agency only a week and a half and then half the roster it seems is competing in the Olympics, so the Spurs news and analysis should be plentiful from now until August.