Should the San Antonio Spurs Pursue Antonio McDyess?

By Chris Hawkins
Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Antonio McDyess is ready to make a comeback into the NBA after retiring last year according to a report from Yahoo! Sports.

For the Spurs, this is obviously good news. McDyess was pretty adamant about leaving the game of basketball when he retired in 2011. Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan spent much of that off-season trying to convince McDyess to come back for one more year, but to no avail.

Knee injuries plagued McDyess for much of his career, until he salvaged his career with the Detroit Pistons as a bigman who can knock down the medium range jumpshot and play solid defense.

McDyess, 38, spent his last two seasons with the San Antonio Spurs averaging 5.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.

Now the big question remains.

What kind of shape is McDyess in?

McDyess is a consummate professional and I’m sure if he is serious about coming back to professional basketball, he has kept himself in decent shape.

If he is looking for a ring, there is a big chance he may return to highly favored championship contenders, such as the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat.

If he is coming back because he missed the game and wants to play an important role on a good NBA team, then there is a good chance he returns to the Spurs.

Either way, I’d be surprised if RC Buford doesn’t reach out to McDyess and go to his workouts in Houston to see what he has left in the tank.

He would immediately be welcomed back in San Antonio.

Just look at the Spurs current bigman rotation.

Outside of Duncan and Boris Diaw, I’m not sure Popovich trusts anyone else. Tiago Splitter can be inconsistent and Matt Bonner and DeJuan Blair have simply not gotten the job done as the Spurs’ fourth bigs.

McDyess would make a good fourth big and a great fifth big if another frontcourt player were added to the roster

And his smarts physical play will allow him play the enforcer role for San Antonio.

McDyess won’t answer all of the questions regarding to the Spurs’ frontcourt rotation, but he can certainly be a step in the right direction.

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