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Old 02-14-07, 12:13 AM
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Spurs looked to get Jamaal Magloire before pulling trigger for Ely

Spurs acquire forward in trade: Swap of reserves lands Ely, sends Williams to Bobcats

Web Posted: 02/13/2007 10:37 PM CST

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — In a move that is more likely to impact the Spurs' inactive list than the balance of power in the Western Conference, the team acquired Charlotte forward Melvin Ely on Tuesday in exchange for Eric Williams and a 2009 second-round draft pick.
Ely, 28, averaged 2.9 points and 1.6 rebounds in 10.2 minutes over 24 games with the Bobcats this season. He is expected to join the team during this weekend's All-Star break.


Williams, who was acquired from Toronto in last summer's trade for Rasho Nesterovic, appeared in 16 games for a total of 88 minutes. He performed well during his longest stint on the floor, scoring 14 points and making 4 of 9 3-pointers in 18 minutes in a loss against Milwaukee, but was never given much of an opportunity in games to earn a spot in the rotation.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said two weeks ago if the team decided to make a trade, it would involve only a "peripheral player."

"As I said, I wasn't going to make a trade for our top eight, nine, 10, 11 guys, but Eric was on the injured list," Popovich said. "We traded an injured-list guy for an injured-list guy."

Ely, who requested a trade in mid-December, is 6-foot-10 and athletic, giving the Spurs another big man. While Ely is considered a respectable low-post scorer — he averaged a career-best 9.8 points and 4.9 rebounds in 57 games last season — he also has shown to be a poor defender and rebounder, two areas in which the Spurs are already lacking.

"He's another athletic big (man) for us to take a look at," Spurs general manager R.C. Buford said.

Popovich said Ely first needs to improve his conditioning.

"He's not in shape," Popovich said. "He hasn't played much at all in Charlotte. Once he gets in shape, we'll see what we have."

Ely's $3.3 million contract expires at the end of the season. Because Williams is making $4.3million, the Spurs agreed to pay Charlotte the pro-rated difference between the two.

The trade also moves the Spurs significantly closer to getting under the luxury-tax threshold, though Buford said that is not a priority.

Williams, who didn't return a message left on his cell phone, attended shootaround with the Spurs on Tuesday morning before Popovich notified him of the trade at the team hotel. The deal was finalized midafternoon, and the team was told on the bus ride from New York.

"We were not thinking there would be changes," Manu Ginobili said. "But we know that when the season is not going good, something may happen.

"Probably for both, it's a good thing. Eric was not playing much, Ely there either."

The Spurs also inquired about Portland center Jamaal Magloire before agreeing to the deal with Charlotte, and Buford said the team would "continue to evaluate opportunities as they present themselves" before the Feb. 22 trade deadline.

The Spurs, however, lost one of their better assets in Williams' expiring contract, decreasing the likelihood of them making a bigger trade. They could conceivably trade Ely by the deadline but only in a one-for-one deal.

Briefly: Matt Bonner has been cleared to play, but Popovich opted to "err on the side of caution" and keep him on the inactive list. He could be in uniform tonight.

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Old 02-14-07, 12:21 AM
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Why does everything positive have to seem so bleak on posts or columns like this They just sucked any of this outta me thinking he won't play at all and they did not get the trade they wanted and will not do much else . This sukks for me to read this, thanks man lol.
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Old 02-14-07, 12:38 AM
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so if we got jamaal magloire, he would be our 12th best player is it?
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Old 02-14-07, 04:02 AM
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The Spurs, however, lost one of their better assets in Williams' expiring contract, decreasing the likelihood of them making a bigger trade. They could conceivably trade Ely by the deadline but only in a one-for-one deal.
The FO gave up one of the best trade assets with $$$ and a draft pick for a player to play a bench warmer role, that can't defend or rebound? It's all about luxury tax, not about improvement.
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Old 02-14-07, 10:49 AM
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It was the Blazers who had contacted the Spurs:

http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/c...s.1fe127d.html

Portland will work hard to move center Jamaal Magloire, but the Blazers are looking for expiring contracts and draft picks. They had even contacted the Spurs about Magloire, with an eye on Eric Williams' expiring $4.3 million deal. Tuesday's Spurs-Bobcats trade means that won't happen, but the Blazers will continue to shop around.
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what is with the out of shape players? so the spurs can have a fat, old and unathletic bench?
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Old 02-14-07, 12:43 PM
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I never thought we could get slower, but this Magloire thing....
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