Tag: Matt Bonner


Report: Former second-rounder Deshaun Thomas will accept Spurs’ tender if offered

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Deshaun Thomas famously refused to give the Spurs his phone number.

Now, he’s waiting to hear from them.

Despite his interview difficulty, San Antonio drafted Thomas with the No. 58 pick in 2013. The last two years, they offered him the required tender – a one-year contract, surely unguaranteed and at the league minimum, necessary to retain his rights. Both years, Thomas rejected it in favor of signing in Europe, allowing San Antonio to carry his rights another year.

But he’s apparently no longer willing to put off an NBA deal.

David Pick:

The Spurs have until tomorrow to offer Thomas the tender. If they don’t, he’ll immediately become an unrestricted free agent.

If he accepts the tender, he’ll either make the regular-season roster or he won’t. Either would get him closer to the NBA. San Antonio keeping him would obviously get him there immediately. But even if he’s waived, he could negotiate with all 30 NBA teams. As is, only the Spurs, who hold his draft rights, can sign him.

San Antonio has 13 players with guaranteed contracts plus Matt Bonner ($749,594 guaranteed), Jimmer Fredette ($507,711 guaranteed), Reggie Williams (unguaranteed) and Youssou Ndoye (unclear guarantee). Those are substantial guarantees for Bonner and Fredette. I think the odds of Thomas beating them in training camp for the final two regular-season roster spots are low.

But it’s obviously not impossible. The Spurs drafted Thomas, and the only way for them to get a return on that investment is bringing him to camp to compete for a regular-season roster spot.

There is a downside, though. Required tenders can’t include an Exhibit 9, which offers teams protection if a player gets hurt. If Thomas injures himself during training camp, his contract would become guaranteed until he can play again. San Antonio might determine Thomas’ odds of making the team are too low to warrant such a risk.

Thomas faces potential downside with this route, too. If the Spurs bring him to camp and waive him before the regular season, he won’t receive more than per diem. During that time, he could miss out on more-lucrative overseas options.

If Thomas wants to reach the NBA, though, this his best move. It’s on San Antonio to make a call.

Report: Spurs signing undrafted Keifer Sykes

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The Spurs had to sacrifice some depth – Tiago Splitter, Cory Joseph, Marco Belinelli, Aron Baynes – to sign LaMarcus Aldridge and build one of the NBA’s strongest teams.

That has left San Antonio needing the preseason to round out its roster. The Spurs have:

  • 13 players whose salaries are fully guaranteed
  • 2 players whose salaries are mostly guaranteed (Matt Bonner and Jimmer Fredette)
  • 1 player whose salary is unguaranteed (Reggie Williams)
  • 1 player whose guarantee is unknown but probably low (Youssou Ndoye)

San Antonio is adding another player to the mix.

Shams Charania of RealGM:

Sykes is quick and explosive, and he uses those skills well to get the basket and pester opponents defensively. But he also has to maximize his athleticism, because he’s just 6-foot and not a good outside shooter.

He’ll have a tough time making the team, because the Spurs are loaded at point guard with Tony Parker, Patty Mills and Ray McCallum. All three already have fully guaranteed salaries. Most likely, Sykes gets waived and has his D-League rights assigned to San Antonio’s affiliate, the Austin Spurs.

Still, San Antonio’s roster instability gives Sykes at least a chance to make a strong impression and land a spot on the parent club.

Matt Bonner bests Brian Scalabrine in playground knockout game (VIDEO)

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Two-thirds of the NBA players with a “Mamba” nickname squared off in a game of knockout at a recent charity event — the Spurs Matt Bonner vs. former NBA player Brian Scalabrine. I’m sure Kobe Bryant wanted to be there, but he has this whole “Nike-fueled tour of China” thing going on.

This is the best battle of knockout between NBA-level red heads you will ever see. Bonner eeks out the win with the dagger three.

Hat tip to Eye on Basketball.

Matt Bonner re-signs with the Spurs. And all is right with the world.

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The Spurs will still know all the best places to get a good sandwich while on the road.

Matt Bonner — the veteran floor-spacing big man and self-made sandwich expert — has re-signed with the Spurs for another season. The story was broken by Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News and since confirmed by the team.

This is a one-year deal for the veteran minimum.

Bonner averaged 13 minutes a night in 72 games for San Antonio last season (starting 19) and shot 36.5 percent from three, down from his career 41 percent average, but that was due to the iPhone 6.

He is player 14 under contract for the Spurs next season, don’t expect any more additions to walk through that door.

Report: Kings interested in free agent Matt Bonner

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Matt Bonner has played for the Spurs for the past nine seasons, and San Antonio has been the league’s model of perfection for about twice as long.

Might he consider going to a team that’s been consistently mired in dysfunction?

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Another interesting free agent name to draw interest in recent days from Sacramento: Matt Bonner

Bonner is a high-IQ big man that can space the floor with his shooting from three-point distance. He may still have a spot in San Antonio, but it would be for very little money due to the team being up against it from a salary cap perspective.

Bonner could pursue other opportunities on the open market, but it’s difficult seeing him choosing Sacramento. The Kings are a directionless mess at the moment, thanks to an impatient owner who is unable to make sound decisions, or stick with any type of plan that could set the franchise up for any measure of long-term success.

More than one player has taken less money to play elsewhere this summer rather than signing up to play in Sacramento. It wouldn’t at all be a surprise to see Bonner do the same.