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Finley asks out of San Antonio, overestimates value

Mar 2, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT

San Antonio didn’t have plans to let Michael Finley go, he wanted out. He asked out. He bounced the idea off teammates for a few weeks then, according to the San Antonio Express News, went and talked to the man.

When Finley finally presented his request to Popovich, the coach was caught unaware.

“I was very surprised,” (Gregg) Popovich said, “but we granted his request…. We didn’t let him go. He requested a buyout so he could leave, and we granted that. That’s different from saying we let him go, or it could be to people that read the paper. I want to make sure that distinction is made.”

We get it Pops, wasn’t your idea. It was Finley’s, because he has overestimated his worth.

The 2007 Finley had a lot of value to a contending team, but the 2010 version does not. Finley was a starter for the Spurs coming out of training camp but lost that and kept seeing his minutes go down as the season wore on. He even earned some DNP-CDs. The reason is he is not a deadly shooter anymore, hitting just 38 percent overall and 31.7 percent from three this season. Simply put, if Popovich benches you, it’s not because you’re playing well.

Apparently the Celtics have interest, thinking he still is an outside shooter of note. ESPN’s Bill Simmons put it best:

Celts looking to add Michael Finley so Rasheed “doesn’t feel so washed up”

The other rumor is the Lakers. Sort of. The rumor doesn’t come from the Lakers but rather Yahoo is reporting that a league executive thinks the Lakers could become interested to help their bench. Again, based on the theory that Finley can still knock down threes under pressure.

Do any team executives still think that?

  1. franklucas - Mar 2, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    I hate how Pop is taking this “we where caught off guard and we wanted to grant his request” statement. how bout granting his first request – playing time. The notion that Pop is so accommodating is bogus, it’s not like they tried to talk him into staying in San Antonio or plead with him as how he could be an asset in the playoffs. Nope Pop and RC Bufdord said, oh OK, there’s the paperwork.

  2. sguy2130 - Mar 2, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    The Celtics definitely need more older players….

  3. Michael - Mar 2, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    @franklucas Easier said than done. Playing time is hard to come by on a team like the Spurs that already have George Hill, Manu, Roger Mason and even Keith Bogans and Malik Hairston at the 2. So do you really think Fin deserves the time over Manu, Hill and Mason. He’s been struggling to hit anything lately and Manu and Hill have played well. So if Ian Mahinmi requests minutes, does that mean Pop should just give him minutes over someone that has earned them and deserved them.
    Whether they tried to talk him into staying or not is not relevant. Finley made his decision and that was that.

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