2011 Free Agents: Who should the Spurs go after?

The NBA playoffs is still ongoing, but the offseason has already for the San Antonio Spurs.

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.

Nene Hilario, Denver Nuggets –  $11,360,000 – ETO

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.

Jamal Crawford, Atlanta Hawks –   $10,800,000 – Unrestricted

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.

Earl Clark, Orlando Magic –   $1,898,760 – Unrestricted

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.


9 thoughts on “2011 Free Agents: Who should the Spurs go after?

  1. Dalembert and Nene would be nice for the Spurs. Both of them already earned their paychecks. It’s time to try to get an NBA title.

    Both big men can help the Spurs a lot.

  2. Duncan will have to restructure his salary if the Spurs wants to land a player to improve their roster.

    I like the idea of getting Nene, Dalembert or Chandler. Prince and Battier are also a good options to fill up the small forward spot.

  3. It’s too early to tell, but this is a good list. If the Spurs will not make any big free agent acquisitions, Shawn Williams and Al Thornton would be a nice catch.

    Nenad is not out of reach too, but it all depends on how much the Spurs are willing to spend. The new cap rule will also have effect on this and of course Duncan’s ETO plays a big role in getting a big name free agent.

  4. Thanks for all the comments and reads.

    I made this list thinking of how the Spurs will improve by acquiring two players that might fill their need at the front court and the small forward position.

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  7. I personally think that the suffering Spurs NEED to get Tyson Chandler! He is amazing both offencivley, and defencivley. He would also bring great hight to the Spurs who need some brutes down low. The Spurs need to spend as much money as they can to get him.
    P.S. The Spurs could also look at Yao Ming.

  8. nene……if the spurs are after another trophy, they should get this guy. dalembert is also a must get player on their christmas list.

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