Back in June, I wrote about some free-agent big men the San Antonio Spurs should target once the NBA season starts.
Since the league is still in a lockout with barely a month away from beginning on time, the free-agent signing period will be compressed once the lockout ends. It means, teams will be scrambling to add players at a furious pace to get ready for the upcoming season or will more likely use their current lineup to compete in a shortened season.
Most NBA observers believed the Spurs would benefit in a lockout season.
With their current lineup, besides the glaring need for a veteran backup point guard, San Antonio would also require another quality big man in their rotation if they want to compete for a fifth title.
The frontcourt rotation of Tim Duncan, Tiago Splitter, Antonio McDyess, DeJuan Blair and Matt Bonner might work during the regular season, but in the post season, the Spurs would face a similar dilemma they suffered in the playoffs last season.
Unless Splitter can fast track his learning curve, stay healthy and contribute on a consistent basis, and Blair turns out to be the newer version of Charles Barkley, the Spurs would not go deep into the playoffs.
Make no mistake, the Spurs main big man is still Duncan; but he clearly need help. McDyess would come in handy in the shortened season. But like Duncan, his body has gone through many battles and has father time against his side. Bonner can shoot but can’t defend.
Blair despite his size, could very well be primed for a break out season, especially if he stays healthy and learn a thing or two during his stay in Russia.
But that would not be enough.
Duncan’s sudden decline last season revealed one thing — The Big Fundamental needs some big time help.
Sadly, the Spurs options of landing a quality big man are scarce.
It would be nearly impossible for San Antonio to acquire a big name player via the free agency, plus their two possible options overseas (Erazem Lorbek and Ryan Richards) are currently signed with other clubs.
Their best chance of getting another big would require a trade, which could lead to another tough decision of keeping Tony Parker or not.
Parker is arguably the Spurs’ best asset, but letting him go next season in exchange for a big man who can fill the void of San Antonio’s gaping hole in the middle would also hurt their chances of a legitimate shot at the title.
Perhaps, the Spurs best move would be to stand pat or add lesser known players to try to improve their roster as they have done so very well many times in the past.
This would be a perfect time, for coach Gregg Popovich and his front office personnel to weave some of their magic.
What do you guys think? How should the Spurs tackle their need for another big man? Share us your thoughts.