San Antonio Spurs resign Matt Bonner
There have been no reports of meetings pitched diagramming how Matt Bonner can own his own sandwich chain, nor have there been any accounts of musician Matt WeddleÂ being brought in to recruit him a la Jay-Z, but the Spurs appear to have settled on a fair price on Matt “the Mendoza Line” Bonner.
New Hampshire’s UnionLeader.com is reporting that the San Antonio Spurs and Matt Bonner have agreed to a four-year contract extension with a slight raise from his previous salary.
“In the end, if San Antonio was going to make a fair deal and give me a long-term contract, that’s what I was looking for at this point in my career,” Bonner said. “To not have to uproot my family and my living situation and go back where I’m established and where my daughter was born, it’s a great feeling.
It would appear to be an average contract for an (in the right circumstances) average player, and one that the San Antonio Spurs could not have given out to attract a better player without dipping into their exception money, which we all assume is earmarked for Tiago Splitter. Or maybe Shaq.
Without rehashing previous arguments too much, Bonner should supply the Spurs with spacing and absorb some much needed regular season minutes at the very least.
If the Spurs bring in Splitter or another defensive presence, perhaps they can even stop using him on the opposing team’s best post player, magnifying the contributions he does make by deemphasizing his weaknesses (defense).
It’s not a terrible deal, nor a terribly exciting deal, but it’s one that benefits the San Antonio Spurs. Because Matt Bonner with a reasonable contract is an entirely moveable piece. And in trades where salary needs to match up, Matt Bonner is good enough to stomach taking back in return.
So Matt Bonner might not be as sexy as bringing in LeBron James and Chris Bosh, but outside of Mike Miller, he’s still likely better than anyone else the Miami Heat can bring in for the veteran minimum.