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Spurs Reportedly Going After Maggette

(Thanks to PtR member DennardC for the link.)

While no deal was imminent, Maggette would be expected to sign a multi-year deal for the mid-level exception, a move that would fulfill the Spurs’ desperate need for perimeter athleticism and scoring. Maggette would be leaving the Clippers, just as the team came to an agreement with Golden State free agent Baron Davis on a contract. With so much sudden salary cap space, the Warriors could be a threat to swoop in and take Maggette for themselves. The Boston Celtics have also shown serious interest in Maggette.

This is all according to Adrian Wojnarowski. The Spurs and Maggette have been linked before.

I find it hard to believe that Maggette can't do better than the MLE, which is what Beno freaking Udrih got. Maggette is one of the most underrated offensive players in the league. His lowest PER and TS% of the past five seasons is 18.7 and 57.4%, respectively. His average TS% of the past five seasons is actually higher than Ray Allen's.

He's not the most durable of players, but he wouldn't have to play the same quantity or type of minutes with the Spurs. He's not a plus defensive player, as noted in the article:

“He’s going to take a lot of the offensive load off (Manu) Ginobili, but (Spurs coach Gregg) Popovich will have to hide him defensively on the floor,” a Western Conference scout said Tuesday night.

Umm, I'm thinking we could hide him in the same place we hid Michael Finley and Brent Barry. Maggette would represent a gigantic, nearly immeasurable upgrade over Finley, and he would be the first non-Big Three that could create his own shot since, uhh, hmm. Well. Beno? That's a stretch, but I guess Beno would be the last guy. Jesus.

Summary: ohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease let this happen.