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Matt Bonner’s Days In San Antonio Are Over


Just as San Antonio Spurs fans were getting over the Tim Duncan retirement, news comes out of Matt Bonner stating he’s “probably not gong to be with the Spurs.” Here we go again.

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and discussed he is still looking for a team next season. His days in San Antonio were already numbered with the Spurs roster pretty much at the limit. Bonner was most likely the player that would not return to the team.

Bonner said there hasn’t been any movement on either side to re-upping with the team when it came to re-signing with San Antonio and strongly admits last season was that, his last with San Antonio.

“Currently they haven’t signed me. Unless something changes going into the season, I’m probably not going to be with the Spurs.”

You hate hear this from a player whom spent 10 seasons with San Antonio. Definitely not the most athletic of guys, Bonner was not known for that, but his streaking shooting from beyond the arc and energy he displayed on the floor was what made him a fan favorite. He will also leave San Antonio as a NBA Champion. He was part of the Spurs’ 2007, and 2014 championship teams.

Over his career, Bonner averaged 5.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and shot 41 percent form the 3-point line during his run with San Antonio. His best season with San Antonio came during the 2008-09 season where he averaged 8.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and shot 44 percent from beyond the arc.

During the 2013 season Bonner was at All-Star weekend representing San Antonio in the 3-point shootout. That year he made 42-of-98 (42 percent). Though those are not eye popping numbers by today’s standards and shooters, still, Bonner was a sniper from beyond the arc.

With Spurs transitioning from the retirement of Duncan and bringing in younger players, Bonner’s fate in San Antonio was ticking down. He still feels optimistic and hopes that he and his agent can hear back from a team so he can continue his playing days in the NBA.

Bonner played two seasons with the Toronto Raptors before coming to San Antonio. In Toronto he averaged 7.3 points and 3.6 rebounds per game while shooting 42 percent from beyond the arc.

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He was definitely a fan favorite and a player that will surely be missed in San Antonio. Who will the fans turn to now to get an expert opinion on where to get the best sandwiches around the world? Maybe he will continue his sandwich blog and keep up with the nickname, “Sandwich Hunter”.

We wish Bonner nothing but the best. Thank you for the memories.

(H/T Jeff Garcia, News 4 San Antonio Spurs Zone)