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The Spurs will celebrate four more years of Matt Bonner

Jul 9, 2010, 5:54 PM EST

Like it or not, there was legitimate interest in Matt Bonner. The guy may be an NBA punchline, but he’s a big body and a consistent outside shooter, which are two pretty valuable traits for rotation players. Though rather than signing as an afterthought with the Miami Heat or filling in as a designated shooter with a team like Dallas or Chicago, Bonner has agreed to a four-year extension with the San Antonio Spurs. Nothing to see here, just San Antonio holding onto a useful player, even if he is a tad limited.

The future of the Spurs’ power forward/center rotation is definitely worth keeping an eye on as free agency continues. Bonner is secured for next season, but there Ian Mahinmi and Tiago Splitter are still hanging in limbo. Mahinmi is a young big that could draw a decent paycheck if he chooses to leave the comfy confines of the Spurs’ bench, but San Antonio could keep him developing in their back pocket. Splitter is more of an immediate difference-maker. If S.A. can convince Tiago to take a pay cut and come to the states, he could make the Spurs a team to watch next season. Even with an aging core, San Antonio is still a team taht demands attention, and Tiago Splitter would go a long way toward pushing them into true contention.

  1. metalandganja - Jul 9, 2010 at 6:18 PM

    there are preliminary reports that splitter and the spurs have agreed to terms on a deal.
    http://www.ticketsports.com/pages/pp_spurs.html
    take it for what it’s worth. but i, for one, will be crossing all my fingers and toes until this become more official.

  2. Shaq - Jul 9, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    That should’ve been me

  3. WacoCo - Jul 9, 2010 at 6:41 PM

    Splitter will actually be getting more per year than his current contract with Caja Laboral, which he officially opted out of today to join the Spurs.
    Not sure why Bonner gets a bad rap. He was 8th in the league in 3pt% in 08-09, and improved drastically this past season in creating plays and scoring off the dribble. He’s not a center and probably has no business guarding any NBA center, but I expect him to get a chance at playing the 3-spot this year, especially if RJ goes to the Cavs.

  4. Franco - Jul 10, 2010 at 10:03 AM

    “Not sure why Bonner gets a bad rap”-WacoCo. Your joking right? Bonner is seen by a lot of fans as a big-time choker! Many believe, that if it wasn’t for Bogan,Mason,and Bonner, the Spurs would have been in at least the western conference finals last year! All of them are perceived as chokers. Now you know why on most Spurs fan forums there is sadness, not celebration. Bonner is also seen as a favorite of pop, but he has been so inconsistent with the trey when it really counts.This is only my opinion, but many other Spurs fans also have the same point of view.
    Check out the thread below at spurstalk.com
    Spurstalk thread Re: Noooo, Spurs re-sign Bonner

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