So, you've read part one. Or if you haven't, you should. This is part two, and it almost never makes sense to read part two before you read part one. This is already a longer than usual post, so it won't get much more of an introduction. Add your thoughts to part two of the PtR writer roundtable below.
5. Should the Spurs look at moving Tony Parker?
JRW: I think they should always look at moving Tony Parker, but doesn't mean that they can't look at stationary Tony Parker too. In the same way that some might prefer standing Tony Parker, while others prefer sitting Tony Parker, and there are even those who appreciate reclining Tony Parker. The point is that all of the aforementioned Tony Parkers are worthy of being regarded irrespective of their relative kinetic energy or attitude.
If I've misunderstood this question, it's only because I was certain that there was no way anyone would seriously consider trading Parker after the year he just had. Such a move would be beyond ridiculous.
Big50: No. You never get equal value in trades for stars and this would not be the exception. Unless a team just blows the Spurs away with an offer, they should keep Parker and be happy to do so.
SfS: I'm not a fan of the idea. He is, after all, the second longest tenured Spur after Tim Duncan. IMO, we owe him the same loyalty we owe Tim and as much if not more loyalty than we owe Manu. We've watched Tony grow and mature. BUT (there's always one of those, right?) if we're *ever* going to do it, now is the time. The Spurs got a lottery pick (and two elite euro prospects) for George Hill. If you can swing Tony (and a role player) for a decent PG (Andre Miller-ish type of good), a role playing versatile big man (at least as good as Diaw, and taller) and a top 5-8 pick...you've got to at least consider it. Something that would give us the ability to compete now *and* add to the young core (which, at this point in my mind, consists only of Kawhi Leonard).
Trey Felder: No. I'll not dignify this question with any further response.
Tim C: They should absolutely do their due diligence. Tony is still young enough to be a vital part of a future championship core somewhere, even if not in SA. But his trade value will likely never be higher than it is right now. If the Spurs want to start building a new core, he's the best trading chip they have, but I'd obviously rather they try using their other trade chips first.
silverandblack_davis: No. Unless the Spurs are going into full rebuilding mode.
CapHill: Time to spork out my eyes so I don't have to read this crap all summer. You get rid of Tony, you waste Timmeh's and Manu's final years.
6. Is it time to finally blow it up and rebuild?
JRW: These questions are depressing. Can we have some that don't make me want to consider becoming a hermit until October?
Big50: I guess making it to game six of the conference finals is a reason to blow it up these days? No, keep riding your HOF's, keep tweaking, keep adding quality youth and keeping coaching players up. This was a successful year, just not a completely successful year. No reason to panic.
SfS: I don't think so. We acquired a starter and our sixth man midseason. Give them a full year with us and some minor roster tweaking, and we're still competitive. We need more athleticism, and we need more poise from our role players. We should be able to find those.
Trey Felder: No--like I said earlier, our team as it was at the end of the season was gelling on the fly with unprecedented success. Given an 82 game season to acclimate themselves to each other, and I suspect these Spurs can make another run at Larry.
Tim C: This is a hard one to answer. I'm tempted to say yes, if only for the fact that the team that just vanquished the Spurs from the playoffs isn't getting any worse. Barring injury or a great influx of talent, I can't see the Spurs beating OKC next season. But I'm perfectly fine with keeping as much of the current squad intact as possible for one last ride, and hoping for some luck.
silverandblack_davis: I'd want to give this squad one more run, because most of the pieces are already in place. Address the defense concerns, allow the players to develop better chemistry. The experience that this group gathered during this playoff run is invaluable, and if we do get into another deep run next season, it can be a difference-maker.
CapHill: Blowing stuff up is fun if you're talking about heavy artillery or rural Oklahoma. Blowing up a team that just made it to the WCF, while overhauling the roster midseason, would be a waste.
7. What piece(s) can the Spurs add to help them compete with the likes of OKC?
SfS: The same stretch big that we've been looking for since Robert Horry. We need growth from Green and we need a real point guard coming off the bench. Having to rely on Neal, for all his greatness as a microwave type of scorer, to play point guard (and also next to Tony and Manu) killed us the past two games. I'm not saying it's his fault- he did what he was supposed to do, which is shoot like crazy- but having him as one of our only "fearless" players came back to bite us. One of the things I've always liked about Green is he had a similar attitude, but to me he seemed to hesitate against OKC. Put Neal's brain in Danny's head, and that will help. Kawhi Leonard continuing to improve (although, really, could he have played any better?!?)
Big50: I think a legit stretch big is the one missing piece or at least a big who is going to be more mobile than Duncan and can block shots. A Tyson Chandler type. I'd prefer somebody who could shoot and play defense, but that's asking a lot these days. A legit backup PG is the next priority on my list. Gary Neal just isn't the answer. If Patty Mills would resign for cheap I think he'd be a good fit, but I don't see how that would work.
Trey Felder: A legitimate stretch big (Wintershoes just can't get it done), a mature interior defender, or an elite wing defender. How bout we just drag Bowen out of retirement?
Tim C: A power forward who can protect the paint and make a jump shot. The defensive ability is the most important thing, but Pop won't play a guy who bogs down the offense too much. I guess the prototype for this kind of player would be Josh Smith. They also need another backup who is a good ballhandler and passer. It doesn't necessarily have to be a point guard - It could be Nando De Colo(and probably will be). Just somebody they can turn to to run the offense when Parker or Manu are not in. They could also throw a Hail Mary and go after Greg Oden.
silverandblack_davis: I'm done with Matt Bonner-type players. D-O-N-E. Seriously, stop the floor-spacing experiment. Just get a legitimate frontcourt partner for Tim Duncan, preferably someone who's mobile enough to defend pick-and-rolls effectively and protect the rim. I don't even care about that person's offense, just make sure he hits free throws at a decent clip. A backup point who can create
CapHill: A defensive true big man and a backup poing guard. Neal is not a point guard; Bonner is not a big (or apparently a shooter). We no longer need a stretch four on offense, since Timmeh is now camping out at the top of the key. We DO need a legitimate big guy who can bang, help Timmeh on defense, and throw the ball in the basket from 10 feet. And I just want a backup point guard who doesn't turn the ball over every other possession.
8. Are the Spurs one player away from being back in the Finals, if so who is that player?
SfS: The Lamar Odom from the Laker's championship run (who will likely never return to that level). A backup point guard. I'm not sure. The only real two weaknesses are backup bigs and backup point guards. I thought TJ Ford was the perfect fit for us. Find someone like him. Andre Miller? He's the only reasonably priced, versatile vet point I can think of. BRILLIANT IDEA: BEN WALLACE. Beg and plead with him to not only come back for one more year, but to leave Detroit. 15-18 minutes a game of blocks, rebounds, defense, and toughness. Won't happen, but someone like that would be an excellent fit. Josh Smith would also be a good idea.
Big50: Yes and no. One player can make a huge difference, but it has to be the right player. If the Spurs can add a big time player it will likely be at the cost of losing one of their current big time players, which is unlikely. I think it more likely that somebody they have will grow into that player that they are missing. Leonard and Green would be my first two choices as players that if they improve can really help take this team to another level.
Trey Felder: I don't believe there's any one particular player out there who, playing within the confines of the Spurs' system, would have made them markedly better. And certainly not one out there that SA wouldn't have had to sacrifice dearly in the personnel department to get. Spurs would do best to "hold what they got" for the time being, in my humble opinion.
Tim C: The defensive paint-patrolling big man mentioned in the answer to the last question..
9. What are some realistic trade options for this team?
Big50: I'd have to go look, but I think Gary Neal and possibly DeJuan Blair are our two most tradable assets (that'd I'd be willing to part with) and let's face it, they didn't really set the world on fire with their playoff performances. If we could convince somebody to take Blair in a draft day deal that might be the best move, but it's hard to say at this point.
Tim C: I'd also go with Neal and Blair being some of the best trade assets, but they make so little that they would need to be paired with someone else in order to get back a good piece. Jackson's a $10M expiring contract, which will likely be a valuable asset in the trade hunt.
SfS: I'm going to come up with a few in the next couple days. If we want to get in the lottery, it would probably have to involve moving Tony Parker (or MAYBE Just Stephen Jackson's expiring contract). If we want to get a pick just outside the lottery, it would likely involve any combination of Blair, Splitter, or Neal.
10. Who is coming over from Europe and what impact will they have?
SfS: I'll leave this question to PtR's resident Euro expert, TimC. I've heard Nando is coming over, but I've never watched him play. It seemed certain Lorbek was coming over, too- but as far as impact I've got no idea.
Big50: I've heard both Lorbek and Nando, but I haven't heard anything for sure. I'm pretty skeptical of the impact of these guys at this point. Good role players is all I'm hoping for these days.
Tim C: I think Lorbek and De Colo will be with the Spurs next season. Unfortunately, I think Diaw and Green will get offers that the Spurs are either unwilling or unable to match, so they'll need replacements. I also think they might be well-served to take a chance on Adam Hanga, who is an athletic freak. Or Viktor Sanikidze. Or they could go outside of the players they hold rights to and get someone like Bo McCalebb (amazing point guard). The Spurs scout the international players better than anyone, so they'll know what to do.
11. What do the Spurs do in the draft, if anything?
SfS: You know, the usual. Find a steal with their second round pick, or move some role players and find a steal with whatever they get in return. If they do nothing else, the second round pick will be a decent prospect.
Big50: Hopefully find the next Manu, but realistically get a project guy and try to get him some good coaching in Austin or overseas. Super exciting, no? I wouldn't mind seeing another trade to get an explosive player, but I'm not sure who they could/would move. Neal or Blair seem like the most logical options.
Tim C: Barring a trade, here's Adam Silver: "With the 59th pick in the 2012 NBA draft, the San Antonio Spurs select [insert EuroStash player you've never heard of here]."
CapHill: Call me nuts, but I actually anticipate another draft day trade. The Spurs have some really decent role players that are cheap (Blair and Neal) that could be flipped to get back into the first round. This year's draft class may not be as top-heavy fabulous as everyone was predicting last year, but there is depth and solid players to be had outside the lottery picks.