They say all good things must come to an end, and this is exactly what happened to the Spurs dream-like season. Take a quick look around the internet and you'll find many stories and articles talking of the end of the Spurs Dynasty. It seems like everyone has decided that the Spurs are no more and resolves to push the great history of this organisation to the back of their memories. Well, while they try to erase the Spurs from their memories, the team will continue to improve and before they learn how to pronounce the name of our next draft pick, we'll be hoisting the Larry O'Brien trophy. So forget about all that end of the Spurs stuff and let's get down to business.
For some reason, people continue to predict and end to the Spurs Dynasty while every year it seems like the Spurs prove them wrong. When it's all said and done, they all end up looking like this guy. Stop it already! I'm not big on clichés but I do particularly like the one that says "players don't win championships, organizations do" or something to that effect. It's the reason why the Spurs, Lakers and Celtics continue to win while the ten starters in the NBA finals this year have a combined 1 championship ring. So that means that you'll probably see another banner put up in the AT&T center at some point.
With the possibility of a lockout, and the uncertainty of what the new CBA will bring, there are a lot of questions that won't be answered until these things are resolved. That doesn't mean we can speculate and make up our own scenarios does it? If the team is going to improve, there are 4 different ways to do so.
Good teams don't usually depend too much on the draft unless they are starting to rebuild. The rebuilding process usually involves blowing up a team's roster for cap space and high draft picks.Usually. The Spurs don't work that way. I've thought that the Spurs were going through the rebuilding process since 2008. They have been able to find good young players without having to tank or trade to get high picks.
I've heard different things about this year's draft. Some say it's very balanced without one true superstar but with a lot of good players overall. Some say it sucks totally. Honestly I wouldn't know since I haven't seen a college ball game in quite some time. In any event, the Spurs have already started working out prospects leading up to the draft. Guys like Justin Harper, Jeremy Tyler, and Nikola Vucevic have all had workouts. There is a full list of all the Spurs workouts at Hoops Report. They seem to be targeting front court players more than guards (thank you) because this is where most of the needs lie for the team. Check out DraftExpress.com if you're like me and don't know squat about any of these players. It's really good for that.
Even with the 29th pick in the draft, there should be someone still available that could bring something to the table that could help the team. If not, we have other options for improvement.
It's the summertime so you know what that means right? Someone is getting traded. So let's see two years ago it was Manu, last year was Tony, so that means that Timmy is gone this summer? Yea...rumors will spread across the land of every possible deal the team will, should, and could make this summer. Tread carefully while reading these proposals because most of them are created by people who have no idea what the Spurs are trying to do. With the Spurs salary situation and the uncertainty of this year's draft, a trade may be the best way to improve the team. One particular trade scenario that I thought was rather interesting was this one where we would rid ourselves of RJ's ineffectiveness and get a quality player in Jackson. All just proposals of course. Here's the trade machine. Go crazy with it and find your own proposals.
It could be difficult for the Spurs to find a trade since they don't have many players with high trade value, who they are willing to give up. If no trades can be made there are still ways to help the team get better.
The easiest way to improve a team is to add a known performer to the roster. Problem with that is that you need money to make it happen, which the Spurs don't have much of. According to hoopshype.com, the Spurs have $57,422,789 worth of contracts, provided Tim Duncan accepts his ETO. That doesn't leave us much to sign players, especially since no one knows what the new salary cap will be under the new CBA. There are quite a few good players out there but most of the really good ones are either out of the Spurs price range, restricted free agents, or both. Who wouldn't want to take a chance on Greg Oden? I know I would. The Spurs chances in the free agent market have everything to do with how Timmy decides to handle his contract situation, which have everything to do with how the CBA goes. We just have to wait and see what happens. if all else fails, we'll just have to search the globe for another Gary Neal who no one ever saw coming. Pay close attention to the Summer League people.
If all else fails, and the bad mojo from a Mavericks - Heat finals haunts us, then we only have one option to get better and that's by doing just that; getting better. The Spurs have more than enough young players who are already solid but could still improve. George Hill, DeJuan Blair, Tiago Splitter, James Anderson, Danny Green, the list goes on and on. And has anyone forgotten about Ryan Richards? Last I saw this guy he was busy working out with his on his game. Don't believe me? Well see for yourself. This sort of thing makes me happy. I like seeing players working to get better and I hope everyone does that this summer. Every player knows what he has to work on and guys like Tiago, James Anderson and Da'sean Butler should all be working even harder to prove that they belong. The Spurs have one of the best player development teams in the league and George Hill and Dejuan Blair are evidence to support that claim. If they can work their magic on the other everyone else, this team will have a lot to look forward to.
Are the Spurs going to win a championship next season? If I've learn anything from the last two seasons it's never to expect anything. Are we going to try to improve the team as much as possible? Absolutely. There's no way of knowing what will happen with the team this summer but we can all speculate and make our own proposals as we see fit.
We don't know what will happen this summer but I'm sure it will be a lot of fun watching it all unfold.