NBA Roundtable

Spurs Keep Duncan, Diaw and Danny Green

In Free Agency on July 10, 2012 at 2:48 pm

ESPN reports

Tim Duncan, who declared himself “a Spur for life” in March, reportedly has followed through on his intentions to remain in San Antonio.

The 36-year-old franchise cornerstone has agreed to a three-year contract to return to the Spurs, Yahoo! Sports reported Tuesday. The website reported the contract is expected to be worth approximately $36 million, or in the same range of the deal that Kevin Garnett agreed to with the Boston Celtics last week.

Yahoo Sports! reports Duncan’s deal is fully guaranteed and the third year of the contract is a player’s option. The deal also includes a no-trade clause, the website reported.

And Boris Diaw and Danny Green

Guard Danny Green, a restricted free agent, agreed to a three-year, $11.3 million contract (fully guaranteed), a source familiar with the negotiations told’s Ian Begley, and forward Boris Diaw, an unrestricted free agent, agreed to a two-year, $9 million deal to return to San Antonio, a source confirmed to ESPN The Magazine’s Ric Bucher.

Diaw’s contract includes incentives that could push the total value to $9.2 million and includes a player option for the 2013-14 season.


Tim Duncan

I would’ve liked to have seen Duncan take a little less. Something like a starting salary of $10 million on a declining scale.

So he got a little premium for past services. About $7 million over three years. Good for him. Not much of an issue for San Antonio so good deal all-round.

Tim Duncan continues to be a well above average starter who plays plus defense, rebounds the ball very well and is a highly skilled and effective offensive weapon (a facilitator more so than scorer).

Boris Diaw

Good contract. Diaw is a quality rotation worthy power forward who can come off the bench or start.

I expect Diaw to continue on as a starter next season because he is both (1) the Spurs best defensive PF [an average to slightly above average defender] (2) the Spurs most highly skilled offensive PF. A very strong jump-shooter from mid-range and long two point range who can keep proper spacing for the Spurs dribble penetration and pick and roll game (not as strong as Bonner but very good in his own right). Additionally, Diaw is a high level passer and ball-handler who does a very good job of piecing the Spurs offense together. Has a solid post game too but rarely uses it.

While Diaw is their best defender and offensive option, he is also their weakest rebounder. He will put more pressure on the Spurs other starters to pick up that slack. With Duncan, Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green around … that should be a do-able job.

At $4.5 million per annum, Diaw is solid value.

Danny Green

I expected Green to earn a small bit less but it’s in the ball park. I was thinking a three year $9 million to four year $11 million and he ended up getting $11 million for three years. A tad high but close enough.

An above average defender/rebounder who has shown  capable ball-handling and passing skills along with solid spot up shooting and the occasional drive. A good role player and solid starter with good room for further improvement (both as a defensive stopper + perimeter jump-shooter).

San Antonio did a very good job hanging onto this guy.

The Spurs Overall

A good day’s bit of business

PG: Tony Parker, (TBD), Cory Joseph
SG: Danny Green, Manu Ginobili, Gary Neal, James Anderson
SF: Kawhi Leonard, Stephen Jackson
PF: Boris Diaw, Matt Bonner, DeJuan Blair
C:  Tim Duncan, Tiago Splitter

Main issues with the Spurs continue to be the same:

  • A lack of quickness and athleticism from their big men.
  • A lack of interior defensive help for Tim Duncan.
  • The need for a true backup PG for Tony Parker.

From the looks of this roster, the Spurs will continue to be a second tier side in the NBA that is built for regular season success but will continue to struggle to get over the hump in the playoffs due to a lack of defensive ability.


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