But yeah, if the Spurs are legitmately looking at him, I guess you gotta kick some tires and exact some due dilligence on him. However, if Batum is restricted, it's gonna take a real whopper of an offer (like in excess of 11-12 million) for Portland not to match.
The Spurs want him because Parker is pushing for it, just like he managed to convince them to sign Diaw. These guys have played together every summer for years in National team, they developped chemistry and they get on so well that it would make a lot of sense for a team that values team spirit above individuals.
I'm pretty sure Diaw would have ended up somewhere else after being cut by CHA if Parker hadn't been a spur.
Considering the Spurs targeted him in the draft but they never got the chance to draft him, I think they've been watching Batum for a long time - nevermind Parker.
I think the fact that they could sign a guy for peanuts who is talented enough to start really appealed to Pop. Regardless of where he was from he was a no brainer signing at that price.
I don't think the Spurs have a history of signing guys because they're friends with guys already on the team. They seem all business first and foremost to me. I think if anything Diaw signed with the Spurs because Parker was there and they're a contender. The Spurs happily agreed.
Excellent points. I agree with everything you said and it's why I roll my eyes every time someone recommends that the Raptors sign a high talent, low character player.
Jackson behaved himself last time around in San Antonio so that probably helped them when considering bringing him in regardless of his past problems on teams with weak leadership.
Parker/Ginobili/Splitter : average draft rank of 37.66
Bobcats playing the same positions :
Augustin/Henderson/Biyombo : average draft rank of 9.33
I know, i know : it's not a fair comparison, cause TP and Manu are way more experienced, but still...
Word is the raps have a deal in place with Sasha "somehow banging Sharapova" V for 4 years/18 milli. Seems a little fishy to me but the fact it's even being reported is enough to make me throw up in my mouth.
Here is the realgm link:
There must be some sort of mistake.
Replace the words "Toronto Raptors" with "Spartak SP of the Russian Super League"
And replace the words "4y/$18 million" with "a bag of peanuts"
"I won't shoot 5 for 19 again...." - DeFrozen (in theaters now)
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