Carlos Delfino: A Good Option For the Spurs

By George Middleton

Free-agent swingman Carlos Delfino hasn’t played in the NBA in the past two seasons. Delfino was on the Milwaukee Bucks in 2013-14, but he didn’t play a game as he was out with a right foot surgery.

Delfino is a teammate of Manu Ginobili on the Argentina national team. There are reports that Delfino visited with the Spurs.

Delfino was one of the more underrated role players in the league. He was a “three and D” wing. In his last five seasons, Delfino averaged at least 9 points and he shot at least 36 percent from three each season.

Sep 30, 2013; St. Francis, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks player

Carlos Delfino

during media day at Milwaukee Bucks Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

In his last full season with the Houston Rockets (2012-13), he averaged 10.6 points and shot 38 percent from three. He was fifth in the NBA in three-point makes per game.

If the Spurs sign Delfino, it will likely be at a cheap cost, despite his success the past few seasons. He is 32 years old and hasn’t played in an NBA game in quite some time. Even if he had, he would probably consider a pay-cut, knowing the Spurs have a legit shot at winning the title.

What makes Delfino an intriguing option is his versatility. He can defend shooting guards and small forwards. He is 6’6″, but possesses lots of strength for a wing (230 pounds). He is a nice replacement for Marco Belinelli, who also defended multiple positions at times.

Delfino will bring toughness and shooting to a deep Spurs team. He is also a team guy that should fit in well with the Spurs.

Signing Delfino can certainly go a long way, especially come playoff time.

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