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Old 08-04-12, 06:25 PM
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Spurs Interested in Andray Blatche

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Free agent rumble that just dribbled across the pond: Heat & Spurs among teams to express exploratory interest in free agent Andray Blatche
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Old 08-04-12, 06:37 PM
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if he can accept the minimum and get into shape it could work.
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Old 08-04-12, 06:47 PM
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"exploratory" = due diligence

he'd have to get in shape, stay in shape, and accept a lesser role off the bench while keeping his mind in check

don't count on it
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Old 08-04-12, 06:56 PM
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Can't be worse than Bonner.
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Old 08-04-12, 07:28 PM
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I'm down if it's for the minimum
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Old 08-05-12, 02:35 AM
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He's only 26 and has clear talent. He's a versatile power forward that can shoot, pass and rebound. It's his drive and desire people question, as well as the head on his shoulders. After he got a solid $30 million extension from the Wizards following his breakout season, he basically turned to unproductive fat dust. Surely there's some team out there that feels they can fit Blatche into their locker room. He'll likely come pretty cheap and it could be a moderate risk, high reward move for a team. He's got to stay away from a team like the Kings where he'd likely compound a problem and look more to a team like the Bulls, Heat or Spurs where he wouldn't have a choice. Either get it together, or prepare to move down the line. Seriously though, does Blatche not seem like an absolutely perfect fit with the Spurs and the type of move they'd totally do that works out wonderfully? But Blatche is still waiting on that first phone call. Maybe it'll be of the wake up variety too.

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Old 08-05-12, 03:09 PM
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TRADE BONNER!
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Old 08-05-12, 06:55 PM
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I actually hope that the Spurs get Blatche because I know he will make a better target to hate for Will than Bonner and the Red Rocket may get a break.
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Old 08-05-12, 07:00 PM
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Why do the Heat seem to be in every other conversation?

Don't they have a full roster by now?
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Old 08-05-12, 07:21 PM
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Why do the Heat seem to be in every other conversation?

Don't they have a full roster by now?
again, "due diligence", just like the Celtics (plus the Heat can essentially just cut a player with a low salary for him anyway, they have the money and have a Big 3 to just need role players). only reason they're not in this is because their roster is full i believe or around luxury tax territory.

agreed with Kager though. it only takes one bone headed selfish move to put the guy at the end of the bench then we'll be stuck with the rotation we have now.
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Old 08-05-12, 08:35 PM
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Why do the Heat seem to be in every other conversation?

Don't they have a full roster by now?
espn writers are under instructions to work either the heat, the knicks or the lakers into each and every story....
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Old 08-06-12, 06:37 PM
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Kager- I wouldn't mind seeing Bonner get a break. Ankle, writs, elbow, whatever it takes......
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Old 08-06-12, 08:06 PM
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Thats cold Tab, Gingers need friends too and it seems I am one of very few on this site..... which BTW I think will Destroy the Rocket to know.
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Old 08-06-12, 10:29 PM
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here is an idea................TRADE BONNER!
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Old 08-06-12, 11:00 PM
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Since we are repeating ourselves here..... only trade for equal or better piece, not just to be rid of your nemesis.

Blatche and Anderson no matter how cheap are not equivelant to Bonner because they will not stay on court long after their first missed assignment followed by boneheaded move, so we either need other options or do as we have and work with what we have.
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I actually accept Bonner for what he is. Someone who fits the Spurs image, and can help out occasionally during the REGULAR season. However, there is no way this guy should ever see any protracted minutes during the playoffs. Not excluding his numerous bone head plays and missed assignments, he cannot hold up to the turned up defensive pressure the playoffs bring. He cannot put the ball on the floor, is a marginal passer at best, and a worse defender ( whether it be the post or the perimeter), and has trouble getting his shot off under the type of pressure the playoffs bring. In essence, during the post season, he is nothing more than a dnp, or someone to come in and spell someone should the game be a blow out. In terms of Blatche, we are talking about a minimum contract for someone that has an decent upside, knuckleheadedness and all. Is he worth the gamble for the midlevel type of contract? No. However, for the last roster spot, I would take him for the veterans minimum.
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Old 08-07-12, 08:09 PM
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Hey Tabspur what is a writs?
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Hey Tab if the Spurs pay nothing for him and he and everyone here realises that he will potentially play Blair playoff minutes and we somehow change his mindset to realising he will not get paid for stats only for playing his role..... then sure do it.

But I don't think his already obvious ego will accept that and he will keep "going for his" and he will ride the pine and people will then start trade threads about him.

The key for me here is the fact that Bonner is much more valuable in the regular season and since Blatche by the playoffs would have pissed off Pop too much to get on the court there is no benefit to him there.
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No doubt thats a possibility. Guess I'd rather take the chance on a potential talent like Blatche, and let Pop and the Spurs organization keep him in line. At least at the vet minimum. And, understanding that we don't have an entire locker room full of guys like him. Rather, guys like Tim, Manu, Tony, etc to bring him along.... We ARE talking about our 12th spot. With Bonner, you can't instill anymore talent than he already has. Good guy, good long range spot up game. He's just not going to add anything to us other than during the occasional regular season game. With all the athleticism the elite teams in the league have, we can't afford to give him playoff minutes. He really does not possess a high basketball IQ either. He can shoot it. Period. Actually, thinking about it, Bonner would be the perfect vet minimum guy.
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I actually accept Bonner for what he is. Someone who fits the Spurs image, and can help out occasionally during the REGULAR season. However, there is no way this guy should ever see any protracted minutes during the playoffs. Not excluding his numerous bone head plays and missed assignments, he cannot hold up to the turned up defensive pressure the playoffs bring. He cannot put the ball on the floor, is a marginal passer at best, and a worse defender ( whether it be the post or the perimeter), and has trouble getting his shot off under the type of pressure the playoffs bring. In essence, during the post season, he is nothing more than a dnp, or someone to come in and spell someone should the game be a blow out. In terms of Blatche, we are talking about a minimum contract for someone that has an decent upside, knuckleheadedness and all. Is he worth the gamble for the midlevel type of contract? No. However, for the last roster spot, I would take him for the veterans minimum.
I guess Neal and Jackson fit the Spur image? Trade Bonner! He sucks!
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Old 08-09-12, 01:58 AM
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The San Antonio Spurs may seem like the last team on the earth that would have any interest in a guy like Andray Blatche, but don't be so sure. The Washington Post's Michael Lee reports that the Spurs are one of at least two teams who have the big man on their radars: "San Antonio and Miami have both reportedly expressed exploratory interest in Blatche but teams have yet to make a serious pitch to employ the former Wizard, according to a source with knowledge of the situation." No, general manager R.C. Buford hasn't lost his marbles in a fit of desperation. He knows as well as anyone does what this organization can do for guys who need to turn things around. He also knows that playing for a struggling young team can make solid players look downright atrocious. Just ask Boris Diaw. The Spurs stumbled upon the Frenchman after he was waived by the laughably bad Charlotte Bobcats. For Diaw, the change of scenery must have felt like waking up from a lottery-bound nightmare. For San Antonio, it was a reminder that playing in the right kind of environment can turn a listless veteran into a consistent contributor. By the time the postseason rolled around, that listless veteran was starting for the best team in the Western Conference. Buford could be hoping the opportunity to prove himself on a winning club yields similar results from Blatche. Sure, he might not have given his best effort last season with the Washington Wizards, but then again, he was playing for the Washington Wizards. Though he should have taken that job a bit more seriously given that he was playing out a five-year, $35 million contract, it's hard to come down too hard on a guy surrounded by little more than flux and player-development. Going forward, however, he needs someone to come down very hard on him. You think head coach Gregg Popovich is up to the task? Me too. The 25-year-old was drafted out of high school in 2005, steadily improved his game from 2008 to 2011 and then saw a steep decline in 2011-12–the kind of decline that involves 10 fewer minutes per game and 38 percent shooting. He probably didn't forget how to play, and his best years should be ahead of him if his age is any indication. So, why not roll the dice? If the Spurs are indeed looking to deal DeJuan Blair, the opportunity to replace him with a 6'11" frame would make sense. Blatche has shown flashes of defensive ability and still has the time to develop into a good shot-blocker if mentored by the right people. Tim Duncan is most certainly the "right people." If anyone could reach Blatche and solve his on-court and off-court problems alike, it's the combination of this coaching staff and two-time MVP. Besides, the Spurs don't need a significant upgrade. This is a risk that's worth taking.

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I guess Neal and Jackson fit the Spur image? Trade Bonner! He sucks!
that's exactly why he's not traded
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Old 08-09-12, 02:50 PM
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Spurs historically have done well taking chances on talent.
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Old 08-11-12, 11:57 PM
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At this point (post Howard-going-to-Lakers), I think they'd have to roll the dice here. They don't have room to maneuver money-wise and they're going to have to be able to contend with both Howard and Gasol somewhere in the playoffs...
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