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Spurs Sign Haislip

In Free Agency on July 6, 2009 at 10:30 pm

San Antonio Express reports

The Spurs have agreed to contract terms with Marcus Haislip, a 6-foot-10 former lottery pick of the Milwaukee Bucks who has been playing in Europe since washing out of the NBA in 2005.

Widely regarded as one of the top free agents in Europe this offseason, the 28-year-old Haislip is expected to sign with the Spurs not long after the NBA’s moratorium on offseason business expires Wednesday.

No confirmation on the contract terms yet, but it appears the Spurs did not use part of their MLE to get Haislip over here, so they’ll still be able to spend their MLE on someone else (McDyess! Please go to San An Dice, they need you).

More information on Haislip courtesy of San Antonio Express

Marcus Haislip, a 6-foot-10 NBA expatriate who has become one of the most sought-after free agents in Europe, has agreed in principle on a deal that will bring him to San Antonio next season.

Originally selected 13th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2002 draft, Haislip — a collegiate star at Tennessee — lasted just three seasons in his first stint in the NBA. He spent the last of them in Indiana before washing up on European shores in 2005.

Haislip played the past two seasons with Spanish powerhouse Unicaja Málaga, where he averaged 16.7 points as the team’s top scoring option last season. A prolific dunker — but little else — during his first tour of duty in the NBA, Haislip has polished his repertoire substantially overseas, scouts say.

I haven’t seen Haislip play since he left for Europe, but I hear good things from those that have. Hopefully, this will work out well for the Spurs because they need all the help they can get right now.

Update: Jeff McDonald reports that the deal is a minimum contract and not the LLE.

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  1. Dave,

    Marcus Haislip is a solid add for San Antonio.

    If the Diceman decides to join the Spurs, they would then be back in business as a legitimate threat in the WC.

  2. Khandor,

    I think acquiring Antonio McDyess is the key to their season. I’m worried about the lack of help Duncan will get in the paint if they miss out on McDyess.

    I’d half like the Spurs to make a run at Shawn Marion though (if they miss out on Dice), go small with Marion at the four, and play run’n’gun basketball. They could be a hugely dangerous running team with Tim Duncan working the controls.

  3. Dave,

    1. I’m not sure where the Spurs stand financially at this point. You’re the man in that regard, IMO.

    2. Agreed, re: Marion. That’s a dangerous team, if Manu regains his health 100%.

    3. Would also like to see the Spurs add a player like Johan Petro [if it’s doable money-wise].

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