Jul 14, 2014, 11:35 AM EST
It would be a stretch to say the Spurs’ NBA championship hinged on Matt Bonner, but Bonner starting Game 5 of the Western Conference finals played a major role in halting San Antonio’s two-game skid. Bonner’s stretchiness also showcased the value of perimeter play from a big man, and that led to the unbelievable elevation of Boris Diaw late in the playoffs.
So maybe it does all come back to Bonnner.
That’s why the Spurs are keeping him.
the player known as “The Red Mamba” has agreed to return for a ninth season in silver and black.
Bonner’s new deal is for one season at the 10-year veteran minimum of $1,448,490.
The Spurs will pay just $915,243 of that. The NBA covers the rest. Even that – on talent alone – might be an overpay for the 34-year-old.
But, from all angles, he fits exceptionally well in San Antonio. When you have a championship team, you don’t flush that chemistry down the drain.
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