Don't get mad at me. I don't post much- once every ice age. I figure why post team moves/trades when the team's winning titles- everything's great. But now that they lost this year:
Use the LLE on Javtokas.
For the MLE- 1. use it on Scola. Think about it: Scola, Javtokas, Mahinmi (a year or two from now), and Tim. DAMN! That's awesome. 2. use it on Speedy. He'd be the perfect backup at point. He's much quicker than Beno. When you look at the Mavs and Suns PGs, Beno's lack of quickness is a concern. But if the Spurs have no choice, Beno as backup is OK.
Backup SF- Smith from the Hornets isn't the answer. He's young and athletic but he butted heads with NO management. He wouldn't be the longterm answer at SF. The problem for the Spurs is- if they want a solid young SF (Smith or Childress from ATL, Mo Pete from TOR, Deng from CHI), it's gonna cost them Scola and Beno minimum.
This year's draft is weak- Carney, Brewer, and Gay would be targets for the Spurs. I wouldn't trade Scola for them. Rudy Guy from Washington is a top four lock, Spurs have no shot at him.
If the Spurs sign Scola- they could get a veteran PG as their 3rd PG but they'd still have that hole at backup SF and they wouldn't have the assets to trade for a good young SF. Their offseason would come down to Nazr in a sign and trade for a SF.
If Spurs go with Speedy- they would trade Scola for that SF. But they can't go into next season with Rasho and Javtokas. They'll need one more big man....not Oberto.
Their offseason might come down to Nazr. Hope for some sign and trade package that gives them that SF or PF/C (depending on Scola/Speedy decision).
Took me a bit to come up with this, go ahead and rip me with
I don't see a good SF available anywhere. They would be expensive, if veteran and proven. If young and raw, there's no reason to think they're the answer.
They might be able to poach a Josh Childress off an Atlanta, but otherwise it's slim pickens. You're right; if they manage to S&T Nazr, that's a big advantage.
I'd like the Spurs to look into peeling away one of Phoenix's late first round picks, since they don't really want automatic payroll at this point. There are some prospects in foreign and domestic SFs that might be worth a shot.
I, for one, fully expect both Javtokas and Scola to be Spurs next year. And, with Mahinmi coming in a year or two, the post platoon to be about set.
Backup point guard? Brevin Knight would be hot, but I'm happy with Beno. They just need a capable 3rd point.
Fairly weak draft class and a weak free agent class as well.
Better hope an overseas signing(s) and trades pan out for the Spurs. One
good thing though is that because of the weak draft and free agent group several
NBA clubs are also looking to change things up via the trade route.
With some luck and skill the Spurs FO may be able to be involved in a deal this
summer that will bring them some help.
The draft is not the Spurs answer unless they're gonna go and claim the rights to another foriegner no one has heard of. No first rounder this year. The free agent class has plenty of PGs to choose from if the Spurs are serious about acquring another. I have a very low standard for Luis Scola and Robertas Javtokas as I expect one of the two won't even break the rotation and the other won't be anything special. There is some youth out there for the Spurs. Its not easy to acquire however.
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