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Inside Job: Curtis Jerrells traded to Hornets

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There’s a little bit of subtext to a move that’s going to largely glossed over by the media types. The San Antonio Spurs today traded guard Curtis Jerrells to the New Orleans Hornets for a second round pick. Without a doubt this move came about as a result of New Orleans’ new GM, Dell Demps, the former Spurs VP and GM of the Austin Toros, for whom Jerrells played extensively and was assigned after being formally signed last season.

The Hornets traded Darren Collison to improve their wing depth with Trevor Ariza and in turn needed a backup guard to fill out the end of their rotation. Demps has kept Jerrells in the Spurs system for a full year, developing his abilities and watched him improve. He showed a lot of improvement in Summer League, but of course, the Spurs don’t need him. That’s the irony of San Antonio’s development system. The draft and sign such good free agents that their development system is a considerable surplus.

Ready for double-irony? The same surplus that prevented Jerrells from being necessary in San Antonio lead to his being traded for a pick… which will most likely be spent on a player that will wind up in the development system.

Meanwhile, Jerrells could end up getting some minutes with the Hornets. He has good perimeter ability and knows how to run an offense. The Hornets will need that, especially if, you know, the worst thing possible happens and CP3 gets dinged up again.

Brad Jones to succeed Quin Snyder as coach of the Austin Toros

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The San Antonio Spurs have used the D-League as proficiently as any NBA outfit, and in the coming season, they’ll introduce a new coach to continue the tradition — or, as much of a tradition as a D-League club can have — in Austin.

Former Toros head coach Quin Snyder is now on Doug Collins’ staff with the 76ers, and according to Scott Schroeder of NBA FanHouse, Brad Jones, the coach of the D-League’s Utah Flash for the last three seasons, will take his place in Austin. Utah parted ways with Jones over the summer, despite making the D-League playoffs this season with a limited roster.

As head coach of the Flash, Jones ran Jerry Sloan’s system and sets, a line on Jones’ résumé which likely piqued the Spurs’ interest. It’s not Jones’ intimate knowledge with the flex per se, but his ability to create and maintain a D-League culture consistent with the team’s NBA affiliate would be attractive in the Spurs-Toros framework.

One of the reasons the Toros have been so successful is because they act as an extension of the Spurs organization. A limb, perhaps. Jones will be expected to run the team in the same capacity, and his experience in navigating a similar, albeit less explicit, relationship in Utah, will undoubtedly come in handy.