Corporate Knowledge: Backup point guards
Last week the San Antonio Spurs made a surprise move at the deadline bringing in Stephen Jackson, but do not appear to be finished tweaking their roster.
Over the weekend there were reports that the San Antonio Spurs were close to a deal with Blazers point guard Patty Mills, who returned from China last week. Talks have since hit a snag, as Portland has yet to renounce his rights.
In lieu of Mills, Marc Stein reported the Spurs might have some interest in recently bought out point guard Derek Fisher, a thought that brought plenty of speculation on local radio airwaves. Because if you can bring aboard a steadying veteran presence with a knack for big shots for next to nothing then you have to, right?
Only, the Spurs have plenty of championship experience on hand already and if Derek Fisher is on the floor in a situation where he is taking a big shot then that means the season has somehow gone terribly wrong (i.e. a Tony Parker or Manu Ginobili injury).
Fisher still has a place in the NBA, on a team like the Heat or Thunder in need of a steadying presence and great locker room guy. But the Spurs need more from their backup point guard than a guy that can initiate the offense and go sit in the corner.
The Spurs second unit has no go-to guy that Fisher can simply get the ball to and play off of. Instead the Spurs rely on a constant stream of pick and rolls and movement to get quality shots. For the few minutes that Parker is resting, the Spurs simply need someone that can get into the paint and make easy reads.
That’s not to say I would be opposed to a Fisher signing, but for what he can provide, the Spurs already have a superior option in Gary Neal.
- The San Antonio Spurs have assigned Cory Joseph to the Austin Toros. No surprise. This season, and very possibly next, are not for Joseph. While I hesitate to call this a lost season for Joseph, he certainly could have benefited more from spending most of the season in Austin, where he would have both games and, more importantly, practice time to pick up the Spurs system.
- Over at Pounding the Rock, CapHill pens a farewell letter to Richard Jefferson. I’d like to reiterate some of the positive things about what was ultimately a failed relationship (relative to expectations), namely his professionalism. Jefferson never fit here, but he remade his game and did everything in his power to fit in. Through all sorts of trade and amnesty talks, even when things obviously weren’t working, he continued to work.