The NBA lockout is still in full effect, and it looks like it isn’t going to be resolved soon, but that shouldn’t stop us from planning ahead and thinking on what the San Antonio Spurs can do to improve their current roster.
With George Hill being traded, and Chris Quinn signing with a Russian team, the Spurs are now thin on point guard rotation.
Don’t get me wrong, Tony Parker remains one of the better point guards in the league and rookie Cory Joseph looks promising, but adding another reliable ball handler wouldn’t hurt either.
With that in mind, how about targeting free agent point guard Juan Jose Barea?
Barea is arguably a crucial part of the Dallas Mavericks’ championship run, as he provided spurts of energy, scoring and forced defenses to adjust when he penetrated the lane at will on his off the bench role.
He is young enough to bring a fresh burst of energy to the aging Spurs roster, and would fit right in with Gary Neal and James Anderson as the team’s spark plugs of the bench.
Also, it would be like hitting two birds with one stone, as San Antonio would improve their lineup while striking a major blow to one of their rival teams in the NBA.
In 315 career games, Barea is averaging 7.1 points and 2.9 assists. Last season he averaged 9.5 points, 3.9 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 81 regular season games with the Mavericks.
In 21 playoff appearance Barea averaged 8.9 points, 3.4 assists and 1.9 rebounds, in helping the Mavericks to win their NBA title in franchise history.
Sounds like a plan right? What do you guys think? Should the Spurs go after Barea once the NBA season resume?