Buford and Popovich could solve the economy if so inclined

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Next summer, when the league is in the midst of a lockout and we struggle to find topics to write about, there should be a wealth of information to look back on from this summer as to why the NBA is in such dire financial difficulties.

Cap space may have been in abundance, but common sense has been a rare commodity among general managers. David Kahn appears poised to add another point guard. The Knicks are open to the possibility of another run with Isiah Thomas.

But rather than dedicate what could be an endless number of words towards questioning offseason moves, here is a list of a few big men and how their salaries stack up to the reported 3 years, $11 million the Spurs signed Splitter for. (source for salaries: Yahoo Sports):

Channing Frye 5 years, $30 million
Drew Gooden 5 years, $32 million
Brendan Haywood 6 years, $55 million
Amir Johnson 5 years, $32 million
David Lee 6 years, $80 million
Darko Milicic 4 years, $20 million
Jermaine O’Neal 2 years, $12 million
Johan Petro 3 years, $10 million
Nikola Pekovic 3 years, $13 million
Tyrus Thomas 5 years, $50 million
Hakim Warrick 4 years, $18 million

The San Antonio Spurs just signed the best big man in Europe for Johan freaking Petro money. For Matt Bonner money. It’s official, Popovich and Buford have that Jedi mind trick down. I’m convinced if they ran for office they would be able to solve the economy simply by convincing debt collectors to take less money.

But in defense of President Obama, he doesn’t have Tim Duncan to make it all work. And Popovich and Buford didn’t have to step in and replace Isiah Thomas in the front office.

  • bduran

    “It’s not really about locking those guys down though is it?

    I mean you just try to stop the bleeding with guys like Lebron & K.D.”

    Yeah, how many times have we lot the opposing teams player have a big game and still won? You do your best to slow them down and then make sure their supporting cast doesn’t get much.

  • mjs2377

    Bowen was a great defender but keep in mind that bowen had some pretty pretty good help defense. I hope that splitter/duncan is going to help in that department. Bowen’s greatest asset was that he would use the baseline and a shot blocker to play defense. It is alot easier to be a good defender when you have two 7 footers to funnel them down to. Raja would be awesome to pick up. But if we only have timmy playing the shot blocker/interior defender, our dfense still won’t be good enough to be a contender.Tiaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaago and the rest of our bigs must have a bigger presence in the lane.

  • Hobson13

    Jim Henderson
    July 13th, 2010 at 10:37 pm
    “If you had a choice between Jones & Barnes, which would you choose?”

    Wow…that, to me, is a tough decision. Let me say that either would be a big upgrade at the backup SF role over a complete clown like Bogans. Both James and Barnes are about the same age and have similar size. Jones is a better 3pt shooter, but Barnes is probably a better defender. With that said, I would personally go with Barnes because he actually started for a very good Orlando team for much of this last year. Jones, while a very similar player, has been a backup for most of his career. There’s no doubt in my mind that Barnes could actually start in certain situations where Pop is looking for a more defensive minded 3.

    While I would give Barnes the slight nod over Jones in the talent department, I think the Spurs will pick up Jones if RJ resigns. RJ averaged 31min last year meaning there is only about 17 min on the table for the backup 3. Barnes hasn’t averaged that few minutes since his 3rd year in the league. Two of Jones’ most important career averages are in minutes and 3pt shooting at 19min and 39.5% respectively.

    Bottom line: I think the Spurs are looking for a good role player to back up RJ not a guy who will demand minutes. Besides, I read an article at least a year ago in which Matt Barnes stated that he wasn’t interested in SA at all (I don’t remember what article it was or I’d post it). Otherwise, I think we would have gone after him since he made only $1.6 mil last year. As I say, either guy is a massive upgrade to our SF spot and bench rotation. Remember that no one even wanted Keith Bogans last year until Pop decided he needed to be the key cog in our defense…

  • SAJKinBigD

    @ Hobson – What kind of guy says he DOES NOT want to play for SA? That’s kinda crazed, IMO.

  • Hobson13

    SAJKinBigD
    July 14th, 2010 at 7:59 am
    “@ Hobson – What kind of guy says he DOES NOT want to play for SA? That’s kinda crazed, IMO.”

    I don’t know. That’s just what the dude said. He acted as if he had some sort of irrational hatred of the place. Now that was at least a year ago so maybe he’s changed his mind. Barnes has been to 7 different teams in 7 years. He may welcome some stability by signing on with the Spurs for a while.

  • Dr. Who

    @Francesco

    You hit the nail on the head. Would I love to have Bell here? Yes of course. But keep in mind he’s listed at 6’5″ and that is generous. Until we sign RJ we have no real SF on the roster only swing wings. We have a stockpile of SG’s but no real SF’s. Of the guys you listed (Carmelo, Lebron Durant) they are all 6’8″ or above and 225, 250 and 230 respectively. The other thing about Bell is he has to want to sign here. There have been zero indications that he wants to play in San Antonio. He’s mentioned Dallas, Orlando and Miami as being his top three, nowhere has he mentioned he wants to pay in SA. With Miami’s financial situation, they’re out of the top 3. Now you have the 24 rapist trying to coax him into Fakerland.

    @Hobson/JHenderson

    I think Jones is the target here. Barnes D is what he’s known for but he’s also known for complaining in the locker room. Doesn’t sound like a Spurs guy. Don’t know Jones that well from the media and that’s probably a good thing. His 3 point shooting is the key. What’s I’ve read is that they would be looking to use the remaining MLE on Jones and that means that Bell must be willing to choose SA for the LLE.

  • Jacob

    I’ve read in several sources that Jones is a great locker room presence, kind of typifies the Spurs chemistry / character type. I think his defense is good but not excellent, and with his good 3 point shot he is more than servicable for a backup SF role.

    When do we re-sign RJ? Once he is locked in, I think they make their move, if any.

  • SAJKinBigD

    @Hobson: Fair ’nuff. Maybe it’s some imagined slight a la Shaq’s BS story about David Robinson stiffing him for an autograph (which I have a hard time imagining still to this day – I have seen DR out and about a hundred times and he always signed gobs and gobs of autographs).

    I think I’d be happy with the FO adding Jones to this team.

    Also, it’s pretty funny how angst-y the Mavs fans are here in Dallas about losing Al Jefferson to Utah and getting Chandler instead. Makes me laugh. :)

  • http://theorangerock@blogspot.com therealkman

    Master Yoda would be proud.

  • Francesco

    @ Dr. Who

    you hit the nail on the head back to you about Barnes: too much twittering and always complaining… plus, while taller than Raja he’s another short small forward, so I don’t care how good he is on D, the premier 3s in the league will not even take notice.
    Of course nobody can stop those guys, but (ideally) you would like to make them think and, in a playoff series, maybe take a game to adjust to the defender.

    RJ was brough in to defend the best opposing swing player (Pop’s words), and if we get him back I’m sure you’ll see his effort and success on D much improved this year.

    We don’t need offense from the 3 spot, with Parker+Hill+Manu+Duncan we have enough offense.

    What we need, somehow by someone, is 3 point shooting. Last playoff proved it. Why do you think Miami and Chicago hurried up to snatch the league’s best snipers?
    It doesn’t matter how well a team plays, in today’s NBA you need to have someone who can consistently knock down from long range.

    James Jones would be welcome.

  • Bentley

    SAJKinBigD,

    “What kind of guy says he DOES NOT want to play for SA? That’s kinda crazed, IMO.”

    I mean, think about it, some of these guys like Barnes and Raja Bell have been getting their asses handed to them by the Spurs for years and years. You never really wan to join the team that consistenly beats you. But hey you know as they say, “if you can’t beat em, join em.”

  • doggydogworld

    @fatsocalifornia: “Signing a guy like Bell could give us a “reasonable chance” against the Lakers.”

    Even if Bell can guard Kobe as well as he used to, does that really help us? It’s not like Hill or even Manu can keep Artest away from the rim. So you’re looking at a Parker/Bell/Jefferson/Duncan/Splitter lineup?

  • Francesco

    Of course most people don’t want to play for the Spurs! Are you people blind?
    No nightlife, no party oriented teammates, lower than average salaries, a coach who calls his players “dogs”…
    Come on, it takes a certain kind of PERSON to want to play for San Antonio.

  • Kornbread

    @Francesco
    That’s exactly right, and that is why they made their moves last year instead trying to lure free agents this year. Because they knew they couldn’t attract the bigger name players.

    If you look at what kinds of free agents the Spurs have been able to attract, this is obvious. It’s either guys that are out to prove something or vets on the way to retirement.

  • SAJKinBigD

    But…but…but…
    Naw, I understand. But… LOOK AT THE RINGS! AND THE BANNERS, PEOPLE! This is an organization that KNOWS and UNDERSTANDS how to win!
    I’d bet monies (when will you have the monies? will you have the monies soon?) that Bell signs with the Silver and Black. He’s a pretty down-to-earth dude, from the interviews I’ve heard of him, and since Miami’s priced themselves out, and Orlando doesn’t seem to be very interested and the Mavs are…the Mavs… I’m betting he goes to the Riverwalk.

  • Hobson13

    Dr. Who
    July 14th, 2010 at 8:13 am
    “I think Jones is the target here. Barnes D is what he’s known for but he’s also known for complaining in the locker room.”

    I agree. I maintain that Barnes is the better all-around player, but he never has struck me as a very good locker room presence. I’m sure Barnes wants to play serious minutes and that won’t happen with however plays behind RJ. Besides, Ryan Russillo reported today that Barnes turned down an offer for $4mil/year. There’s no way we can afford him at even that level. Jones, on the other hand, can be had for cheaper.

    BTW, the Spurs and Lakers appear to be Raja Bell’s top two choices according to numerous sources. I like our chances since we can offer more than the Lakers. I bet we give him a 3 year deal with the last year being only partially guaranteed.

    Here’s the article on Raja.
    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=Auil6qtOdEizo1BZ9nV9rRy8vLYF?slug=ys-freeagentbuzz071410

  • Este

    When you factor in the fact that TX has no state income tax the Spurs deal becomes even sweeter in comparison to what the Lakers can offer Bell.

  • Tyler

    If I’m not mistaken, signing Raja Bell would mean we’d be bringing in 13 guys to training camp as of today. Signing him might be a signal that we don’t intend to bring RJ back. RJ could be left out in the cold.

    I say save the tax money and let Bell, Anderson, Hairston, Gee, and Temple fight for the SF spot and the minutes left over from the SG spot behind Hill and Manu.

  • Jim Henderson

    Francesco
    July 14th, 2010 at 12:22 am

    “Barring other moves he’d be playing either starting or back-up small forward.”

    Afraid not. He’d be backing up RJ AND Manu, and that’s about 20 mpg., easy. Now, if you guys want to DEPEND on Anderson backing up Manu, or a late 2009-2010 addition from the D-League backing up Parker (Temple), go ahead. I’m not.

    mjs2377
    July 14th, 2010 at 6:33 am

    “Raja would be awesome to pick up. But if we only have timmy playing the shot blocker/interior defender, our dfense still won’t be good enough to be a contender.”

    I agree. That’s why I’ve been advocating for months now to add a shot-blocker for cheap and NOT re-sign Bonner. I had suggested going after J. Anthony & L. Amundson with the LLE (which I believe we still could do, but then we’d have SIX bigs – probably too many without a trade).

    Hobson13
    July 14th, 2010 at 7:49 am

    “I would personally go with Barnes because he actually started for a very good Orlando team for much of this last year. Jones, while a very similar player, has been a backup for most of his career. There’s no doubt in my mind that Barnes could actually start in certain situations where Pop is looking for a more defensive minded 3.”

    Okay, I tend to agree, because I put more value on tough “D” right now.

    “While I would give Barnes the slight nod over Jones in the talent department, I think the Spurs will pick up Jones if RJ resigns. RJ averaged 31min last year meaning there is only about 17 min on the table for the backup 3. Barnes hasn’t averaged that few minutes since his 3rd year in the league. Two of Jones’ most important career averages are in minutes and 3pt shooting at 19min and 39.5% respectively.”

    Fair point.

    Dr. Who
    July 14th, 2010 at 8:13 am

    “Until we sign RJ we have no real SF on the roster only swing wings.”

    The potential Bell signing is with the assumption that we are quite confident in signing a SF, whether that’s RJ (a strong possibility at this point), and/or someone else.

    “What’s I’ve read is that they would be looking to use the remaining MLE on Jones and that means that Bell must be willing to choose SA for the LLE.”

    I would do that the other way around. Even though 3 years older, and his lack of size, Bell is still a more valuable addition, in my view (particularly with assuming an RJ signing).

    Francesco
    July 14th, 2010 at 10:00 am

    “What we need, somehow by someone, is 3 point shooting.”

    That’s right, and Bell is the best available in this regard. 5th all-time active 3-point shooting %. We won’t need him much for defense on the other star SF’s around the league. Not if RJ signs, which is likely. RJ plays about 33 mpg. That leaves 18 mpg. for back-ups (Hairston, Bell, Manu, Anderson, etc.). And a guy like Jones will add depth if we bring him in with the LLE.

    doggydogworld
    July 14th, 2010 at 10:04 am

    “@fatsocalifornia: “Signing a guy like Bell could give us a “reasonable chance” against the Lakers.””

    Doggy, those are NOT fatsocalifornia’s words. Please see the following posts:

    Jim Henderson
    July 13th, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Jim Henderson
    July 13th, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    doggydogworld
    July 14th, 2010 at 10:04 am

    “Even if Bell can guard Kobe as well as he used to, does that really help us? It’s not like Hill or even Manu can keep Artest away from the rim. So you’re looking at a Parker/Bell/Jefferson/Duncan/Splitter lineup?”

    You wouldn’t want Bell as a back-up to Manu? He’s FIFTH active ALL-TIME in 3-point %?! AND he’s a tough-nosed veteran defender on the wing. What is wrong with that?

    Kornbread
    July 14th, 2010 at 10:59 am

    “If you look at what kinds of free agents the Spurs have been able to attract, this is obvious.”

    It’s not just about who they can “attract”. It’s also about who they “want”. And let’s face it, the Spurs have always been more discerning about player acquisitions than the average team, and that strategy has paid off. Ultimately, it’s more about assembling a TEAM than it is about the so-called STARS. Stars are an important PART of the team, but the TEAM overall must take precedence.

    Hobson13
    July 14th, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    “Besides, Ryan Russillo reported today that Barnes turned down an offer for $4mil/year. There’s no way we can afford him at even that level.”

    Perhaps, but there’s a good chance that Barnes is over-pricing himself at this point. We’ll see.

    “BTW, the Spurs and Lakers appear to be Raja Bell’s top two choices according to numerous sources.”

    I still have some concerns with Chicago, Portland, & Utah.

  • Jim Henderson

    Tyler
    July 14th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Are you Holt’s financial advisor?

  • Jim Henderson

    Francesco
    July 14th, 2010 at 10:28 am

    “Come on, it takes a certain kind of PERSON to want to play for San Antonio.”

    Yeah, it’s called someone that’s willing to put in the work that it takes to become a champion, as a TEAM, not some prima donna that wants to be “all that” as he struts around about town.

  • Jim Henderson

    By the way, Kyle Lowery of the Rockets is a nice back-up PG for the Rockets, but 24 million for 4 years? Are you kidding me?! And the Rockets felt forced to match the Cav’s offer. I don’t know what Cleveland’s thinking, offering that much for Lowery, when they don’t even have a starting center. They have SIX guards under contract already. Has the newly installed Cav’s GM, Chris Grant, taken lessons from David Kahn in the past, or what?! I’d rather try and sign Brad Miller for 12-15 million over 3 years, and have about 2-3 million left to sign another player if I was them. I don’t know why that wouldn’t be a good spot for Miller, from both the team & players’ perspective.

  • Jacob

    I’ve read in more than one place that bell is leaning heavily towards SA or LA. That being said, assuming we land him, could we still use the LLE on jones and get both? I would be a very happy and excited (enthusiastic not erect) Spurs fan. Our line would look pretty nice.

    Parker-Hill-Temple
    Manu-Raja-Anderson
    Jefferson-Jones-Gee
    Duncan-Blair-Bonner
    Splitter-McDyess

  • Jim Henderson

    Fanhouse interviewed Raja Bell earlier today, prior to his Kobe meeting for dinner tonight. It sure sounded like he has a good chance of working something out with LA! He only mentioned Miami & LA, and pretty much stated that the Heat were now out of the picture. NO other team was mentioned, although I don’t know why the interviewer didn’t specifically ask him about that. Dumb.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUMzPDCHl5E&feature=player_embedded

    Jacob
    July 14th, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    “….assuming we land him, could we still use the LLE on jones and get both?”

    Yes.

  • doggydogworld

    @Jim Henderson: “They have SIX guards under contract already.”

    We have EIGHT guards under contract and you still want to add Raja Bell.

  • MrNiko
  • doggydogworld

    According to Stein, Bell canceled the dinner with Kobe. But that YouTube reporter Jim Henderson dug up interviewed him at the restaurant “minutes before his dinner with Kobe”. Sounds like at least part of Stein’s info is wrong.

  • http://mvgennero@yahoo.com mvg03

    Yeah but the resigning of Bonner was horrible!!! I know the Spurs value character, but the guy is a one trick pony who isnt gonna get better. $32 million!! Matt Bonner must be on cloud 9 right now

  • Jim Henderson

    doggydogworld
    July 14th, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    “We have EIGHT guards under contract and you still want to add Raja Bell.”

    Cleveland’s FOUR non-starting guards, most of which have filled NBA roster spots for an entire season, have contracts totaling 12 million. Most of our FOUR non-starting guards have not filled NBA roster spots for an entire season, and have contracts totaling just 3 million dollars. So, yes, I’d love to have Raja Bell, and have Jerrells & Gee continue to work on their game in Austin.

    Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen, because exactly what I was worried about just happened: Bell apparently just signed for more money to play in Utah. And, with the addition of A. Jefferson, likely puts the Jazz back into the playoff mix.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=5381152

  • Jim Henderson

    mvg03
    July 14th, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    “$32 million!! Matt Bonner must be on cloud 9 right now.”

    Where are you getting 32 million! I believe it was closer to 14 million.

  • doggydogworld

    Most reports say around 16m for Matt, but no one knows for sure.

  • Jim Henderson

    Does anybody know much about Bobby Simmons, a FA small forward that played with the Nets last year? He had an off year last year, but he has had some good years. He’s 30 years old, listed at 6’7″, 210 lbs., and is ranked 10th in active career 3-point shooting %.

    Best SF shooters left that we might have a chance at getting:

    Jones
    Simmons
    Butler
    Barnes (not as good of a shooter)

  • Jim Henderson

    …… and Brewer, perhaps, as more of a defender, but he’s young enough where he could probably improve his shot some.

  • Jacob

    Hopefully we see some action soon. Jones & Brewer???

  • philip fletcher

    tony parker and malik Hairston for Chris Paul?

  • Hobson13

    Great! It looks like we struck out on yet another free agent. There’s no way we could have matched Utah at 3 yrs $10mil. I don’t like our chances with either Barnes nor Brewer for the remainder of the MLE. If Bell can command that money, younger starters like Barnes and Brewer will want more money. I think our best bet would be to get James Jones at this point. Jones isn’t as good as any of the three I’ve mentioned so far, but he can fill in for RJ for 15-18min/game. Let’s see what happens over the next few days. It’s widely expected that RJ will sign by the end of the week. I wouldn’t be surprised if our roster is filled out by the end of the week or maybe by the middle of next.

  • Ice-T

    What’s w/ RJ’s deal? He left one year and $15M. Surely he must have thought (been told?) that if he pushed to 3 years, he would get more absolute $ … like 3 for $25, effectively paying him MLE for years 2 and 3, which is about what he is worth.

    Also, who thought RJ would be a fit? Dude dunked when he had J-Kidd dishing. But he’s borderline awful 3-baller. Doesn’t even drive that well. More of a finisher than a driver. So how was this supposed to work, w/ TP and Manu handling, and Timmeh in the post. No place for RJ but out on the wing, where he is average, at best.

  • este

    I don’t know if anyone has posted this yet but here it is: http://nba.fanhouse.com/2010/07/13/spurs-taking-look-at-james-jones/

  • Miguel

    I don’t know about James Jones, I think he would just be another Mason and not the good one from the first year. I would rather bring all our young guns to the roster. I think having Temple, Hairston, and Gee rather than cutting one of them would be much more benificial than bringing in another average journeyman who has seemingly underachieved almost every spot and team for which he was called upon.

  • zainn

    i agree, im down for trading tp9 and hairston for paul superstar for better superstar

  • este

    zainn

    “i agree, im down for trading tp9 and hairston for paul superstar for better superstar”

    Why would the Hornets want do this trade? They would trade their franchise player for Parker and an unproven Hairston. Unless Khan has taken the reigns in New Orleans I don’t think that’s going to happen.

  • zainn

    I mean paul wants to be traded to a contending team, I gues we could include some fillers, but tony is about 75 percent of what paul is, and tony is somewhat of a franchise player as well. And tonys gonna leave anyways after next season…hornets are in rebuilding mode right now, and pauls upset

  • kornbread

    @Jim Henderson
    “It’s not just about who they can “attract”. It’s also about who they “want”…Ultimately, it’s more about assembling a TEAM than it is about the so-called STARS.”

    We all understand that the Spurs are building a team each off season. I was referring to free agents that they targeted and that they lost out on. Market size is a factor that works against the Spurs.

  • Jim Henderson

    Is this guy (Bobby Simmons) worth considering, even for a vet minimum contract? He looks to be quite talented as a spot-up 3-point shooter. Has been plagued by injuries, but is he worth a look at the vet minimum. We still need 3-point shooting. He does look too injury-prone for my taste though. Any thoughts?

    http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Bobby-Simmons-4340/

    \http://netsarescorching.com/2009/09/17/scouting-report-bobby-simmons/

    kornbread
    July 14th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    “Market size is a factor that works against the Spurs.”

    Perhaps, but we’re not really sure who the Spurs have “lost out on”. There’s been some media reports suggesting that we were interested in a few players, Bell being one of them. But we lost Bell because of money, not really market size. Utah’s not a huge market. I think money has been the main issue this year that has made it difficult. Plus, not signing the big name FS’s hasn’t really hurt us in any meaningful way over the years, otherwise we wouldn’t have more titles than any other team other than the Lakers over the best 12 years. Market size may very well help attract “stars”, but that can actually backfire as well if management is taken in by the hype (they’re human too) and the “star” ends up under-performing, which does happen on occasion. It’s often better to focus on young players that aren’t yet stars, butt have some promise, and then aggressively develop them internally. Established star’s that mainly want to go to large markets are often too into marketing themselves, and getting a lot of extraneous attention, rather than zeroing in on the hard work, teamwork, and leadership on the court that is necessary to create an environment conducive to building a championship caliber team. I really don’t feel slighted by being “small market”. We succeed the old fashioned way, and I think that’s pretty cool.

  • Badger

    With some decent money left, and Splitter now signed, Manu under contract, RJ being given the proper $$ “adjustment”,we WILL pick up one more piece. We need to let the FO do its thing.
    We’ll be happy with their move, I’m pretty sure.

  • Tim in Surrey

    Jim H,

    Simmons should be an option, IMHO. You may remember a few years ago he had a couple of very strong years for the Clippers (when they were making the playoffs). He parlayed that into an overpriced contract and has been languishing on bad teams in the East ever since then. (If memory serves, the Bucks had to trade Yi to NJ when they acquired Jefferson, but they needed Simmons’ contract to make the $$ work. That should give you some idea of how big his contract was.)

    Simmons was a classic example of someone who’s a good bench player for a good team and a starter for crap ones. He’s also a bit streaky as a shooter, in a way that’s scary for both teams, so he was well suited to the Vinnie Johnson/Eddie House kind of role as someone who could potentially give you a lift off the bench. Simmons is getting a bit old and rusty for a wing player and he was never a lock-down defender. Plus, much like Barnes, he’s probably looking for more money and minutes than the Spurs will offer. But I was also thinking that if Jones doesn’t work out, then Simmons might be a decent fit.

  • Tim in Surrey

    Nice article, btw. I’m continually impressed by the Spurs’ front office and ownership. They don’t get everything 100% right (who does?) but they have a good sense of what works and the sensibility to stick to it. (Please forgive the Jane Austen reference in a hoops blog. But I live about 10 miles from her house, so I come by it honestly…)

    Amazingly, though, I find signings like the Amir Johnson contract to be far less an indication of insanity than some recent front office moves. Just look at this sample:

    New Orleans fired Jeff Bower because he wouldn’t take orders from Chris Paul.

    Cleveland fired Mike Brown and Danny Ferry because they wouldn’t take orders from LeBron James. And then Dan Gilbert followed that up with a public tantrum that managed to make LeBron James’ TV show look tactful!

    Larry Ellison will probably buy the Golden State Warriors for better than $400 million and yet may keep Don Nelson on because he’s still owed $6 million. If that isn’t penny wise but pound foolish, I don’t know what is. (BTW, Don Nelson is a great guy. I had a couple of friends who worked for him in Dallas and he couldn’t have been a nicer boss if he tried. But let’s face it, he has made a complete mess of the Warriors!)

    Portland not only fired Kevin Pritchard(!) but publicly humiliated him and still had the gall to ask him to run their draft that evening!

    Phoenix lost/drove out Steve Kerr and replaced him with (wait for it…) Lon Babby!

    Better yet, New Jersey fired Kiki Vandeweghe and may have pushed Rod Thorn into early retirement, only to hire… Billy King! Hilarious!

    Give me a second here while I catch my breath… [Wipes tears of laughter from eyes.]

    So remember, everyone, when you feel like criticizing RC, Pop, and Peter for letting Scola get away or re-signing Matt Bonner, look at who owns or runs some of the other teams. I’ll say it again, I’m continually impressed by the Spurs’ front office and ownership.

  • GitErDun

    TP9 to NOLA for CP3 works for me. Probably need to throw in some other players to match salaries though. We still can activate Horry and include him in the trade. NOLA renounces him and saves $$$, which they want to do anyway.

  • SAJKinBigD

    Well said, Tim! The buffoonery of this league rivals the Stooges and the Marx Brothers at times.

    Also, on Donnie Nelson – he just wants to get paid and party in Maui these days. He basically handed the Mavs to Avery and checked out his last season here, then was getting paid to sit out when the Warriors picked him up and he STILL wanted Cuban (for whom I have ZERO affection) to foot his bill, even though he was gainfully employed elsewhere. Then he checked out in GS recently and is really done. He has had some great moments as a coach, and really is a lovably fun guy (a la John Daly), but he needs to call it a career.

  • Tyler

    @ Jim Henderson

    “Are you Holt’s financial advisor?”

    ??

    Also, even though Brewer is young, he’s not going to improve his long range shot much over his career. He had an accident as a child that prevents him from extending his shooting elbow all the way. Any improvement will only be incremental….too bad really, he’s a terrific athlete and defender.