I had the opportunity to help out Fansided’s Phoenix Suns site here on the network with a project in which Co-Editor Eric Saar has been working hard on. He reached out to all editors around the NBA Network and did get a lot of feedback right away from what he was working on.
Saar was looking for all editors to write a short paragraph that will explain what their teams have done during the offseason to improve their teams. The Southwest Division went up yesterday. Below is what I had to say about what the San Antonio Spurs did this offseason.
- Spurs – Michael Rehome (Air Alamo)
This offseason the San Antonio Spurs did manage two get their hands on a couple of free agents. First act of duty for San Antonio though was to resign Manu Ginobili and Tiago Splitter. There were many teams that were interested in Tiago and with him being a restricted free agent, and a young seven-footer, there was no way that the Spurs would let him go without giving him a contract in which he could not refuse. He resigned without any issues as well as Manu Ginobili for another two-years.
As free agency hit, there were some names thrown out there that the Spurs were interested in, Andrei Kirilenko, Kenyon Martin, Antwan Jamison just to name a few. Though neither of the names mentioned signed with the Spurs, they did happen to pick-up Marco Belinelli as well as Jeff Pendergraph.
Belinelli, 6-foot-5, 195 pounds, has played professionally since 2002. Last season, the Italian guard played for the Chicago Bulls where he appeared in 73 games, averaging 9.6 points, 2.0 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 25.8 minutes. He will provide some quality minutes off the bench for San Antonio, possibly a back-up to Kawhi Leonard.
Jeff Pendergraph, as stated above, also came to an agreement with the Spurs, on a two-year deal. Pendergraph a 6-foot-9, 250 pound forward just finished his third year in the league. The past two season he was playing for the Indiana Pacers where he appeared in 37 games while averaging 3.9 points, 2.8 rebounds in just 10 minutes per game.
Belinelli and Pendergraph both bring their own style of play to San Antonio. I assure you that Head Coach Gregg Popovich will know how to use these two, as well as get the best out of them.
The signing of Pendergraph would make one to believe that the San Antonio Spurs are done with free agency but as we know in this league anything can happen. There have been rumors of possible sign-and-trades, but nothing else has come from those rumors.
Be sure to click the link and head over to Sun-N-Gun to check out other division improvements from this past offseason.