FanPost

Who should we get and how do get them? (Realistic scenario)

It's almost a given that we have to improve our roster next year. While OKC, the Clips and the Jazz (all our post-season opponents) will likely improve by standing pat on their young core, we will likely be worse because of our age.

Follow me while I expand on what personnel moves we have to do to make one final Championship run next year (last year of Manu's contract) while at the same time constructing a core for the post-TD, post-Manu era.

Defensive Center

Never was this need more highlighted than in game 6 of the OKC series. TD's playing time was extended, making his offense suffer in the 2nd half. While in the few minutes that he was on the bench, we were exposed in the paint by OKC.

While our current back-up center, Tiago, might be satisfactory and arguably has an upside offensively, most of us will agree that we need improvement in blocks and rebounds in this position and that Tiago can't provide that. While I don't like shipping Tiago out, he is our only tradeable, yet dispensable, asset. We need to trade him if we are to trade the post-season ghosts, that are Bonner and Blair for someone of value.

The player that we should get should have a proven defensive track record in the center position in the regular and post-season. So unless he has a uni-brow all draft picks are automatically eliminated. My candidates would be:

McGee - would command probably higher than 10 mill

Hibbert - would command probably higher than 10 mill

Asik - 4.7 rpg 1.7 bpg 3.3 ppg in 21.3 min in the 1st round; would command probably 5 mill or higher

L5120411_medium

via d.yimg.com


Shooting Guard

Although Manu and SJax are still high-caliber shooting guards in the OKC series we didn't have the player who can drive against Durant and make him work defensively. This is one of the reasons he could hang around for 48 minutes. Also we need someone to take over the SG spot in the long term. Kawhi might be good defensively but I don't think he has enough shooting ability, handles or explosiveness to play the SG spot at a high level. I only have one candidate for now:

Batum - explosive, two-way guard with 3 pt range; would command 9 mill or more though

9193895-large_medium

via media.oregonlive.com

Role Player Positions we already have

In order to get our high powered SG I would need us to trade our current shooting PF, Bonner, and back-up PG, Neal. The good thing is we already have capable replacements for them in our roster in Diaw and Mills respectively.

How to get them

I propose we trade Tiago, Bonner, Neal and Blair to the Blazers for Batum and the Blazer's 40th pick. The blazer's get 3 competent back-up players with one, Tiago, with a little offensive polish, who can start along side Aldridge. Blazer's already have 6th and 11th pick. They can get another good SG there. While others might overpay Batum I would think he'd sign a more sober contract in order to play with a contender such as our Spurs.

If the Tiago et al for Batum deal will be salary neutral we have 24.5 mill to spend if we are to target the same salary as this year. The remaining salary breakdown would be as follows:
TD – 7 mill
Diaw – 5 mill
DG – 3 mill
Patty – 2 mill
Left – 7.5 mill

7.5 mill would be too small to get a McGee/Hibbert but it would be more than enough to get a good defensive back-up C (good, meaning better than Tiago).

Roster

First five: TD, Diaw, Leonard, Batum, TP. Back-ups: Asik, 40th pick big, Sjax, Manu, DG, Mills.

Ultimate possibility

Of course if we are able to sign Batum and TD will sign off on it, we might suddenly be an attractive option for Kevin Garnett. This is a bit of a long-shot but I think still realistic.

So what realistic scenarios do you think are out there for one final Spurs championship run?

This is fan-created content on PoundingtheRock.com. The opinion here is not necessarily shared by the editorial staff at Pounding the Rock.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Pounding The Rock

You must be a member of Pounding The Rock to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Pounding The Rock. You should read them.

Join Pounding The Rock

You must be a member of Pounding The Rock to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Pounding The Rock. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker