Things looked good.....16-11 at New Year's Eve...within a few games of perennial division champ Denver.
37 losses in 1991 left the team out of the playoffs again, and 34-48 record sitting with a lottery pick and an uncertain future.
Add insult to injury, ALL players shipped out for the new team via trades (Nance, Stockton, Corzine, Salley, Buck, Lloyd, Ehlo) made it to the playoffs!!
Questions around the GM/Coach again surface, and in an independent survey, 11 of the 15 players on the roster are demanding trades. (Some of course are already up for FA)
Six players under contract, but what will the Spurs truly do??? The GM is just stubborn enough that he could protect all, and try and resign the same bunch (if they will come) to prove they had a team that could succeed. Others say the Richmond-Wilkins duo just is the root of all the problems, and they would never be able to play together.
Given the cap, renouncing all unsigned players only leaves them with ~7m in 'soft' cap space, so going after a difference make is not in their capacity.
Another rough offseason, with no real franchise type players at the 1-5. (Spurs also have 1-18).
A rough season. I thought you would be a little better than your record but I suspected you would miss Stockton. I honestly think you underestimated his value and I think you may have to look for a starting PG.
I agree with all comments. I don't think Fat is a bad player....but not prolific like Stockton. There is lots of good PGs in FA this year.....maybe if I find cap relief I can try to go after another true pass first protect the ball guy. Not sure anyone in draft is day one starter.
The rest of the players though need to be more team oriented. I think I created a GSW team from ~4-5 yrs back.....5-6 guys with very high scoring ratings.....all want the ball.
Spurs have been active on the phone over the playoffs and now off-season. Several reported deals have a 'handshake' agreement on, and should be posted for review after the draft:
1) 3-team deal with Dal and Det. We send Dominique Wilkins/Greg Anderson/1-18(turned out to be Chris Childs) away, and receive Terry Tyler, Olden Polynice, Kurt Nimphius, two 2nds and a 1st next year. 2) Deal with Cleveland. We send 1-5 (turned out to be Brian Williams), and receive Pooh Richardson, 1-16 (turned out to be Terry Mills), and a 2nd round next year.
The deals (if approved and processed) will put the Spurs at this before FA:
Roster Spots taken: PG: Pooh Richardson SG: Mitch Richmond SF: Terry Tyler, Brad Sellers PF: Terry Mills C: Ralph Sampson, Chris Dudley, Olden Polynice, Kurt Nimphius (*Sampson plays PF for me lately, and Nimphius can play both C/PF...so Mills won't be my starter)
With renouncements, this will also put us ~8m below the cap, and have an MLE/LLE. So we should be able to make a good offer if we desire to a top-tier FA. We were thinking we had to go after a PG, but with Pooh in a deal, we might not need to try for a starter anymore. We have three 2nd rounders as well in this draft, and we (like Lakers) like to try and find roster keepers (if not, then some minimum guys can be found). We will have 12 roster spots filled then, and be able to use all 8m on one player if we like, and the MLE/LLE, and still be very comfortably below the hard cap.
FreeAgency is all but over, and Spurs again have filled their roster to capacity. (Its a shame, as a few players unsigned we would love to bring on)
Overall, we were happy with the outcome. We used our available cap as frugally as possible....and in our eyes got some bargains. We are the 'smartest' we have ever been as a team (IQ)...but still probably not the best overall for meshing talents to be high win squad. But I do like all the guys......so Ill enjoy playing around with this roster all season.
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Returning roster players: Ralph Sampson: Will never leave the Spurs...if I have my way. Leaning towards playing at PF again....but might go back to C. Mitch Richmond: Given the 'blank check' to shoot as many times as humanely possible this season. Our prime scorer. Contract year. Hope he doesn't let me down Chris Dudley: Defense and shot blocking. Like him in the game as much as possible....just for those two reasons. Brad Sellers: Has been odd man out ever since resign yrs back. Has some skills, but is caught behind better talent Ken Norman: Last hour resign. Ken wants to play and score...but will find minutes hard to come by this season. Maybe next season his role will increase.
Drafted Rookies that make roster: Terry Mills: Initially thought he would be deep in the depth charts, but given the roster, could see him playing more than anticipated this season Randy Brown: Defensive minded player.....which we have almost none of in the backcourt. If we start getting drilled by opponents, he could see floor time LeRon Ellis: Has rebounding and defense/block skills. Will see time if we start losing a lot
Veteran players coming over in trade: Pooh Richardson: Talented young PG that had a huge season with Cleveland. Downside is his defense. But should play good minutes and start Olden Polynice: Ralph and Olden marry finally in a Virginia Cavalier reunion! Will not get the amount of minutes he desires, but will be given a chance to play often. Terry Tyler: A HOF GAH-er in my eyes, given his overall talents. Probably my best defender, and a big time shot blocker at the 3. He will start for me beginning the season. Kurt Nimphius: Another veteran with winning attributes in his career. Blocks shot as well. Might be in at PF more then C.
Players signed in FA: Vern Fleming: Liked Vern for his size and efficiency. Can play PG and SG for me....when Mitch rests. Double PG action aka Lakers is seen for me! Johnny Moore: Savvy good veteran with good defensive skills still. Time on floor is iffy right now....but again if we can't stop opponents, he could get installed. James Worthy: We got Worthy cheap. Wasn't desiring Worthy and Norman both signed, but had to think longer term, when Tyler contract up. Worthy to get time in second team for sure. Ken Norman: (see above)
Hoping for at least 41-41 season. Really will depend on efficiency and outscoring opponents.