The NBA labor negotiations is still ongoing, that means Free Agency will be delayed if the league, as expected, imposes a lockout on July 1.
The San Antonio Spurs made a bold move during draft day, addressing their need to add depth at the small forward spot as well as getting important pieces for the future.
However, the team needs to add a quality big man to shore up their frontline, adding more size and length is a must for the Spurs to seriously contend for a title next season (whenever it starts).
Here is a list of some free agent big man the Spurs might want consider.
(Player name, Team, Position, Height – Status)
David West, New Orleans Hornets, PF, 6-foot-9 – Unrestricted
West, who had reconstructive surgery April 12, will opt out of the final year of his contract with the Hornets, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
West, who has been rehabbing his injury twice daily, must be feeling pretty good about the prognosis of his knee in the long-term, as he is walking away from $7.5 million. In any case, while a return to the Hornets via an extension is not out of the question, it is his intention to test free agency. Early speculation has the Pacers and Nets listed as potential suitors.
He has averaged at least 17 points and 7 rebounds in each of his past five seasons. Typically underrated because of his deficiencies in boards and blocks. At 29 years old, he’s in the middle of his prime and should have another fine season.
West might be out of reach when it boils down to a bidding war to get his services, but depending on the how the new CBA pans out, the Spurs might have an outside chance.
Tyson Chandler, Dallas Mavericks, Center, 7-foot-1 – Unrestricted
He plays defense, has length and is extremely athletic, and lend a big hand in helping the Mavericks to snatch their first NBA crown. Mark Cuban will do whatever it takes to keep him in Dallas.
However, should he wish to go somewhere else, San Antonio would welcome him with open arms.
Samuel Dalembert, Sacramento Kings, Center, 6-foot-11 – 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.
Yao Ming, Houston Rockets, Center, 7-foot-6 – Unrestricted
After missing the entire 2009-10 season with foot injuries, Yao is reportedly expected to be available for training camp. Whether or not he’s healthy is one question, how effective he’ll be is another. There is no doubt that Yao (when healthy) is a top-tier player.
In 2008-09 season, he averaged 19.7 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks while shooting 54.8 percent from the floor and 86.6 percent from the line. If he proves to be healthy, for a reasonable price tag, the Spurs should make a gamble.
Kenyon Martin, Denver Nuggets, PF, 6-foot-9 -Unrestricted
When healthy, Martin can still be a force thanks to his vicious defense and rebounding skills. Unfortunately, his balky knees are a cause for major concern. He averaged 11.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.1 blocks last season, but played in just 58 games for the Nuggets.
After undergoing offseason surgery on his knee, it is still not clear if Martin will be healthy at the start of next season.
Kris Humphries, New Jersey Nets, PF, 6-foot-9 – Unrestricted
Humphries made a name for himself as a solid rebounder and role player in New Jersey, averaging 10 points, and 10.4 rebounds, on 52.7 percent filed goal shooting in 74 regular season games.
Josh McRoberts, Indiana Pacers, PF, 6-foot-10 - Unrestricted
Can provide help upfront, is young and a banger type of player. He averaged 7.4points, 5.3 rebounds while shooting 54.7 percent shooting in 72 season games for the Pacers.The Spurs would welcome a young big like him that has good potential.
Kyrylo Fesenko, Utah Jazz, Center, 7-foot-1- 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. He averaged 2.0 points and 2.0 rebounds in 53 regular season games with Utah playing just 8.6 minutes per ball game.
Jeff Foster, Indiana Pacers, Center, 6-foot-11- Unrestricted
A veteran big man who plays hard-nosed defense and knows how to get the boards. He averaged 3.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in 56 regular season games with the Pacers.
Jason Collins, Atlanta Hawks, Center, 7’0″ – Unrestricted
An underrated defender, Collins did a great job guarding Dwight Howard in first round of the playoffs, as the Hawks ousts the Orlando Magic in six games. Collins averaged 2.0 points and 2.0 rebounds in 49 season games with the Hawks.
What do you think? Which big man should the Spurs go after? Share your thoughts.