Perhaps a lot of Spurs fans are still in a state of shock and mourning, but it’s not yet the end.
We can always look forward to the next season.
A few days ago I tried to make some trades for the Spurs.
Now, here is a list of some free-agents at the end of the season that the Spurs might want to target.
(Player name, team – 2010-11 salary – status)
Samuel Dalembert, Sacramento Kings - $13,428,129 – Unrestricted
There is a strong indication that he is not returning to the rebuilding Kings. He has he has shown that he can easily adapt to a system and can provide strong defense to go along with a respectable offensive game.
Tyson Chandler, Dallas Mavericks - $12,600,000 - Unrestricted
He plays defense, has length and is extremely athletic, the Mavericks will probably do whatever it takes to keep him. However, should he wish to go somewhere else, San Antonio would welcome him with open arms.
Denver still has the inside track, but there are speculations that there is a “better-than-average” chance that he will opt out of the final year of his contract. If he does, the Spurs should try hard to pursue him.
It could mean that Tim Duncan would have to exercise his own ETO to accommodate Nene. The possibility of playing with fellow countryman Tiago Splitter could also help.
Andrei Kirilenko, Utah Jazz - $17,823,000 – Unrestricted
He has a good all around game and he plays defense. For the right price, the Spurs should get him to add depth at the small forward position. He could start over Richard Jefferson.
Tayshaun Prince, Detroit Pistons - $11,148,760 – Unrestricted
Detroit is on a rebuilding process and the lanky forward would likely test the free-agent market. The Spurs could use him to improve their perimeter and overall defense, plus he can score.
Mike Dunleavy, Indiana Pacers - $10,561,984 - Unrestricted
Has good height at the small forward spot, has a decent offensive game and shoots the ball well from beyond the arc.
Shane Battier, Memphis Grizzlies - $7,354,500 - Unrestricted
A defensive specialist and a solid player that can hit big shots. It’s not a stretch to say that he is one of the reasons why the Grizzlies were able to upset the Spurs in this year’s first round playoffs.
He is a proven scorer and shoots the 3-ball at a decent percentage. With the Spurs lacking offensive production at the wing, Crawford is worth looking at.
J.R. Smith, Denver Nuggets - $6,757,851 - Unrestricted
The Spurs has tried to trade for him in the past. Smith is young, athletic and can provide instant offense.
He has a history of off court issues, but with the right coach and system, he could reach his potential better. Could San Antonio be his next home?
Yao Ming, Houston Rockets - $17,686,100 - Unrestricted
He’s still recovering from an injury and expressed his desire to come back with the Rockets. Can he still play? There is that risk, but if he proves he can and is healthy and available, for a reasonable price, the Spurs should gamble. Can you teach height?
Nenad Krstic, Boston Celtics - $5,543,116 – Unrestricted
He plays solid basketball on both ends of the floor. He can provide defense and offense on the inside. Plus he is tough.
Carlos Arroyo, Boston Celtics - $196,007 - Unrestricted
I know the Spurs have enough depth at the backcourt, but Tony Parker is their only ‘true’ point guard. Getting another veteran who can handle the basketball on the cheap wouldn’t hurt.
Josh McRoberts, Indiana Pacers - $885,120 - Unrestricted
Can provide help upfront, is young and a banger type of a player.
Did not get any significant playing time to prove his worth. The Spurs would welcome a young big like him that has a lot of potential.
Al Thornton, Golden State Warriors - $211,084 - Unrestricted
He is young, tough, can score and will still improve his game.
Kyrylo Fesenko, Utah Jazz - $1,087,500 - Unrestricted
He is big and has potential but still a raw talent. With proper training and right system he could be a serviceable big man in the NBA.
Shawne Williams, New York Knicks - $854,389 - Unrestricted
Good height for the wing position, has a nice shooting touch and can play some defense.
Jared Jeffries, New York Knicks - $221,136 - Unrestricted
Knows how to play D. Can switch between small forward and power forward spots.
Who do you think should the Spurs go after? Tell us what you think.