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Aron Baynes wants to stay with Spurs, but seeking larger overseas contract


After winning the 2014 NBA title, the Spurs entered the offseason with seven players whose 2014-15 contract weren’t totally set. San Antonio has taken care of six of them:

That leaves just Aron Baynes unaccounted for.

The Spurs extended Baynes a $1,115,243 qualifying offer to make him a restricted free agent. That one-year contract offer will remain available until Oct. 1.

So, Baynes can always take that and get his guaranteed salary. But there’s no guarantee the Spurs, who already have 16 players with at least partially guaranteed contracts and aren’t finished searching for additions, keep Baynes on the roster. Once the season begins, San Antonio can have just 15 players, so eating Baynes’ salary might be the best move if he accepts the qualifying offer.

Or Baynes could help the Spurs out of their pickle.

Baynes wants to stay in San Antonio but he’s also seeking an overseas deal that pays at least 1.5 million Euro, according to Ismail Senol of NTV SPOR Turkey (hat tip: RealGM). That’s the equivalent of $1,978,650, so Baynes is looking for a bigger raise – and more playing time.

I expect this to all sort itself out by Oct. 1, when the Spurs can pull their qualifying offer. If they do, Baynes would remain a restricted free agent, just without the standing contract offer. Even if he doesn’t sign in the NBA this season, San Antonio could keep him a restricted free agent in perpetuity by extending a qualifying offer each summer.

Most likely, Baynes will either find an agreeable foreign offer soon or accept the Spurs’ qualifying offer. It the latter happens, I think the slightly more likely scenario, San Antonio could face some tough cuts during the preseason.

Spurs sign JaMychal Green to partially guaranteed contract

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The Spurs have had their eye on JaMychal Green for quite some time.

After he went undrafted out of Alabama in 2012, he played for San Antonio’s summer summer-league team. He spent that season with the Austin Toros, the Spurs’ D-League team. Then, following last season in France, Green joined San Antonio’s summer summer-league team once again this summer.

For most of that journey, Green was deemed – despite his hustle – too unrefined for the NBA.

That has changed.

Spurs team release:

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have signed forward JaMychal Green.

Shams Charania of RealGM:

That partial guarantee usually indicates a player is likely to make the team, but the Spurs now have 16 players with at least partially unguaranteed contracts – plus Aron Baynes.

A restricted free agent, Baynes remains unsigned. He had a fully guaranteed $1,115,243 qualifying offer that remains on the table until Oct. 1 if it wasn’t pulled by July 23. I’ve seen no reports San Antonio withdrew it, but that type of thing can fly below the radar. If the qualifying offer remains intact and Baynes accepts it – and I find it unlikely another NBA team offers more money, though a foreign team could – he’d give San Antonio 17 players with at least partially guaranteed contracts.

That’s two over the regular-season limit of 15.

Cotton’s deal is only $50,000 guaranteed, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Green received a similar guarantee. Maybe the Spurs would be willing to eat the fully guaranteed salary of someone like Austin Daye, or perhaps they have a trade already lined up.

Possibly, San Antonio was just willing to give Green and Cotton partially guaranteed contracts to ensure its top targets were in its camp. But if Baynes re-signs, the Spurs would have room for neither Green nor Cotton without waiving a fully guaranteed player.

To an NBA team, spending $50,000 on a player is a relatively small investment. But it’s not one most teams make without a clear path for that player to join the roster. I’m not sure what San Antonio has in mind here, but it’s something.

Spurs keep Austin Daye, make you re-think Austin Daye

Dallas Mavericks v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

Who am I to question the Spurs’ brain trust of Executive of the Year R.C. Buford and Coach of the Year Gregg Popovich, but I really didn’t understand the Nando de Colo-Austin Daye trade. San Antonio and Toronto swapped the marginal players in February, and I guess I could see Daye making Spurs a little more balanced on the backend of their roster. I guess.

But de Colo had an expiring contract, and $250,000 of Daye’s $1,063,384 2014-15 salary was guaranteed. In the grand scheme, $250,000 was unlikely to matter, but why risk that for practically no on-court gain?

Daye is a poor defender and streaky shooter whose good runs aren’t even that good.

If I didn’t think a $250,000 cap hit was worth it, I really don’t see the point of taking the full $1,063,384 hit to keep Daye. But the Spurs will do just that.

Shams Charania of RealGM:

The San Antonio Spurs will keep forward Austin Daye beyond Monday’s contract guarantee deadline, a league source told RealGM.

Because these are the Spurs, who do everything right, I’m already going to declare myself wrong. They deserve all the benefit of the doubt, and I deserve none.

If I squint really hard, I can see the potential.

Daye made 41 percent of his corner 3s his first two seasons with the Pistons. Bouncing between Detroit, Memphis, Toronto and San Antonio the previous two years, he shot 25 percent from the corner. Maybe the Spurs believe they can repair his shot and train him to use his lengthy wingspan to become a 3-and-D player.

Right now, Daye is neither a 3-nor-D player, but if anyone can salvage his NBA career, it’s the Spurs.

Monday NBA grades: Tyreke Evans has found the beat in New Orleans

Miami Heat v New Orleans Pelicans

Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while watching the Mad Men season 7 trailer…. 

source:   Tyreke Evans, New Orleans Pelicans. When the roster was full and they asked him to come off the bench earlier this season, Evans struggled to find a comfort level with the Pelicans. It wasn’t pretty But with the roster thinned by injury and him moved into a starting role he has looked good. Against the Nets he had a ridiculous line of 33 points on 19 shots, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Yes, he also turned the ball over 7 times, but we’ll forgive that. What the Pelicans learned over this long season is that Evans is better in the starting role for them than Eric Gordon.

source:   LeBron James, Miami Heat. At this point in the season this is the LeBron James Miami needs just about every night. Especially on nights like this web the Dwyane Wade is on the knee maintenance program. The normal “pass first and let the game come to me” LeBron start was gone as he had 15 first half shots. He finished the night with 32 points on 23 shots. LeBron had a couple late turnovers (one of them an offensive foul trying to drive on Damian Lillard) but made up for it with this.

source:   Indiana Pacers offense. Yes, the Chicago Bulls defense is very good (and with the win Chicago moves into a virtual tie for the three seed). However, if you fancy yourself a contender who wants to play grinding, defensive basketball then you have to score in the half court. Indiana cannot. Paul George was 8-of-22 and played without purpose. Roy Hibbert was 0-of-5 and just took up space. David West was 4-of-12 shooting. Lance Stephenson was 3-of-9 and didn’t record one assists. The only good thing in the Pacers future is that they also will get the first round of the playoffs to figure out what is wrong.

source:  Austin Daye, San Antonio Spurs. Nobody saw this breakout coming — he had 22 points and 6 boards, he was knocking down open looks, he played within himself, and it is the second game in a row he has looked good. In Toronto this season Daye was 0-of-8 from three, in San Antonio he is 8-of-12. So, to recap, the Spurs picked up another guy no other team knew what to do with and have him looking good in their system. Shocking. Daye will probably have a big playoff game or two.

source:  Philadelphia 76ers. Ugh. That’s 25 straight losses. The NBA record is 26 and they can equal it Thursday night against the Rockets. They pretty much will. And then Sixers fans will rejoice as they are all on board with the tanking.

source:  Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons. This is what everyone hoped the future would look like in Detroit (in the pre Josh Smith era). Drummond was a beast inside on offense and finished with 19 points on 9-of-10 shooting plus had 14 boards. Monroe finished inside, knocked down midrange jumpers and ended the night with 18 points and 11 boards. When those two are paired there are defensive issues, but there is potential.

Spurs trade Nando De Colo to Raptors for Austin Daye

San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat

Nando De Colo fell out of the Spurs rotation, and Austin Daye was even further outside the Raptors’.

Maybe a change of scenery will do both good.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

The Spurs will save a little money this season, the Raptors a little next season. De Colo is paid more this year and has an expiring contract, and Daye’s is guaranteed for $250,000 next year. The deal is pretty neutral money-wise.

De Colo will give the Raptors more depth in their backcourt, where Greivis Vasquez is their only suitable reserve. De Colo might not be any better than Toronto’s other reserve guards, but more options give the Raptors a better chance of finding someone to crack through.

Daye’s strength is supposed to be outside shooting, but he’s had more bad 3-point shooting seasons than good ones and is just 34.9 percent from beyond the arc for his career. Maybe if the Spurs allow him to focus on only 3-point shooting, their system will get him enough open looks to make playing him viable.

Most likely, though, two teams just exchanged end-of-bench fodder.